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In One Chart: Where the world’s billionaires are and how they got there

The United States is relatively huge on this colorful map of where the world’s billionaires roam. Russia, by comparison, is just slightly bigger than Germany. And African countries? They barely register.

That’s because cost-estimating website HowMuch.net, drawing on data from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, sized each country proportionate to the number of 10-digit types within its borders.

Hence, the U.S., home to nearly a third of all global billionaires, is by far the largest.

As you can see, each region is then split into five categories that reflect the source of the wealth: inherited, company founders, owners and executives, political connections and resource related and the financial sector.

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