The recent UN report on the global distribution of wealth has gotten a lot of media attention, focussed mainly on the startling fact that just 2% of the world's population account for more than half of all wealth; the top 10 percent own more than 85%.
Overlooked however is the extreme geographic concentration of that wealth. "Almost all of the world's richest individuals live in North America, Europe, and rich Asia-Pacfiic countries," the study finds, which account for more than 90% of all global wealth. 37% of the world's richest 1% live in the US, 27% in Japan, most of the rest in Europe.
The study finds that wealth is "more unequally distributed than income across countries. High income countries tend to have a bigger share of wealth than of GDP."
I can only imagine how this distribution looks within countries - how tall the world's richest regional peaks are?