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Average Indian remains ‘quite poor’ compared to rest of world

India has been ranked among the 10 wealthiest countries globally with total individual wealth of $5,200 billion, but this is largely owing to its large population, a report said, adding that on a per capita basis, the average Indian is “quite poor”.

According to the report by New World Wealth, India has been ranked seventh in the list of top 10 wealthiest countries in the world, which was topped by the United States with total individual wealth of $48,700 billion.

“India only makes the W10 (10 wealthiest) due to its large population. On a per capita basis, the average Indian is quite poor,” the report said, adding that over the past 15 years the country grew “strongly”.

“China was the fastest growing W10 country over the past 15 years (2000 2015). Australia and India also grew strongly,” it said. Moreover, India has overtaken Italy this past year.

Australia and Canada are expected to overtake Italy in the next couple of years. Other countries in the top five list are China in the second position with a total individual wealth of $17,300 billion, Japan (3rd, $15,200 billion), Germany (4th, $9,400 billion) and United Kingdom (5th, $9,200 billion).

The other nations in the list include France at the 6th place with total individual wealth of $7,600 billion, Italy (8th, $5,000 billion), Canada (9th, $4,800 billion) and Australia (10th, $4,500 billion).
“Australia’s ranking is impressive considering it only has 22 million people living there,” the report said. ‘Total individual wealth’ refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals in each country.

The report defines ‘wealth’ as the net assets of a person. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equity, business interests) less any liabilities. The report excludes government funds from its figures.
Meanwhile, India’s per capital income rose by 7.4 per cent to Rs 93,293 in 2015-16, compared to Rs 86,879 in the preceding fiscal, government data showed.

 “The per capita income at current prices during 2015-16 is estimated to have attained a level of Rs 93,293 as compared to the First Revised Estimate for the year 2014-15 of Rs 86,879 showing a rise of 7.4 per cent,” as per data on Provisional Estimates of Annual National Income and Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product 2015-16.

The data was released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Per capita income is a broad indicator of prosperity.

In real terms, the per capita income (at 2011-12 prices) during 2015-16 is estimated to have attained a level of Rs 77,435, up 6.2 per cent from Rs 72,889 for the year 2014-15.

The Gross National Income (GNI) at 2011-12 prices is now estimated at Rs 112.13 trillion as against Rs 112.14 trillion estimated earlier for 2015-16.

In 2014-15, it was Rs 104.28 trillion. “In terms of growth rates, the gross national income is estimated to have risen by 7.5 per cent during 2015-16, in comparison to the growth rate of 7.3 per cent in 2014-15.” 
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