Việt Nam's top income bracket doubles over five years

June 01, 2023 - 09:34
The up-and-down fluctuation in the top income bracket was indicative of the global economic situation, which saw a strong rebound in 2021 and then a reversal in 2022.
A Louis Vuitton store in Hà Nội, a shopping destination for high-income earners. Việt Nam's ultra-high-net-worth individuals have doubled in number over the past five years. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam's ultra-rich population has nearly doubled over the past five years, according to Knight Frank's The Wealth Report.

The number of ultra-rich persons in the country, whose net wealth exceeds US$30 million, rose from 583 in 2017 to 1,059 in late 2022. The figure is forecast to hit 1,295 in the next five years.

And the good news doesn't stop there. The group of individuals with a net worth in excess of $1 million also expanded by 70 per cent, and is expected to reach more than 112,250 persons in 2027.

The expansion of the well-off class in Việt Nam was echoed by the growing wealth in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, which were three of the top 10 fastest-growing wealth hubs in the world.

The three countries saw their wealthy populations expand by around 7 to 9 per cent between 2021 and 2022. This comes despite the wider Asia-Pacific region experiencing a 5.7 per cent decline.

Christine Li, Knight Frank head of research Asia-Pacific, said the Asia-Pacific population of ultra-high-net-worth individuals declined by 5.7 per cent in 2022, after a record climb of 7.5 per cent in the previous year.

In spite of that, three out of 10 markets were witnessing the fastest-growing ultra-rich groups globally, with annual growth rates of between 7 to 9 per cent.

"Taking the longer view, the wealth story remains compelling as the region will continue to lead the pack in the unending wealth expansion with plenty more opportunities for ultra-high-net-worths to discover," Christine Li said.

The world's ultra-rich population contracted by 3.8 per cent in 2022 after a record climb in 2021. The up-and-down fluctuation in the top income bracket was indicative of the global economic situation, which saw a strong rebound in 2021 and then a reversal in 2022.

Over the next five years, Knight Frank forecast that the global ultra-rich groups would expand by 28.5 per cent to almost three-quarters of a million from 579,625 persons in 2022. The headcounts of high-net-worth individuals would follow suit to surpass 100 million globally in the same period.

Victoria Garrett, Knight Frank head of residential Asia-Pacific, said the top 10 global locations for forecast growth were dominated by European and Asian economies.

The region’s economic growth story would remain urban-centric, and its residential investment landscape would continue to be defined by its prime urban cores.

"Underpinned by its high rates of urbanisation, investors can look forward to a more sustainable growth trajectory and wealth preservation profile,” Victoria Garrett said. — VNS