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Want to be a millionaire in India? Move to Mumbai or Delhi

By Manu Balachandran

By 2025, India will have more than 480,000 high net worth individuals (HNI), or people with assets of over $1 million (Rs6.8 crore).

And, Delhi and Mumbai will house the maximum number of these millionaires over the next decade, according to a report published by South Africa-based New World Wealth. Currently, Asia’s third largest economy has 236,000 HNIs—a number expected to grow by 105% in the next 10 years.

Across Asia-Pacific, Jakarta will see the highest rise in the number of millionaires with a 112% increase, followed by the two Indian cities. Tokyo, meanwhile, would have the maximum number of millionaires in the region at 332,600.

Mumbai is currently home to about 41,200 millionaires, while Delhi has about half that number at 20,600. These are the only places with more than 10,000 millionaires in India. Over the last 15 years, both have seen an over 300% rise in the number of millionaires.

Here are the top 10 cities in the Asia Pacific region where the number of millionaires will grow the most:

City Growth (%) HNWI (2025)
Jakarta 112 56,400
Delhi 107 42,600
Mumbai 105 84,500
Hangzhou 85 82,300
Bangkok 82 24,200
Tianjin 80 20,700
Nanjing 78 25,300
Shanghai 75 142,800
Guangzhou 74 40,200
Shenzhen 73 48,400
Beijing 72 142,800

In India, however, many emerging cities are giving Delhi and Mumbai a run for their money. These include the IT hubs of Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, where millionaires will grow by over 100% over the next decade. Yet, compared to Delhi or Mumbai, each of these cities would still house fewer than 20,000 millionaires by 2025.