Australians overtake the Swiss to become the richest people in the world… as petrol, electricity and beer prices continue to soar
- The average Aussie is officially richer than the typical person in any other country in the world
- Australia beat Switzerland to the global title of highest median wealth per adult
- The figure is primarily a result of property ownership and superannuation
- Australia may be the richest country, but it’s also one of the most expensive
Australia has officially overtaken Switzerland as the nation with the highest median wealth in the world.
According to the 2018 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report, this means that the median level of wealth held by Australian adults is $AU269,787.
Australians have collectively amassed a net worth of almost $14.6 trillion. This figure is based on assets worth $18.0 trillion, minus liabilities worth $3.4 trillion.
Australia is the lucky country, but it’s now also officially the richest one in the world
While the struggle of every day Aussies to keep up with the soaring cost of living is real, in comparison to the rest of the world, we really are the lucky (and rich) country.
According to the Credit Suisse report, the average wealth per adult in Australia is courtesy of a growth in property prices and superannuation balances.
In fact, approximately 60 per cent of our national median wealth is due to property ownership, with the remainder generally reflective of a compulsory superannuation system that leads to a full piggy-bank come pension time.
Most of the national median wealth is a result of property ownership
Australia has an economy among the best of all developed nations, interest rates at historically low levels, one of the highest proportions of home ownership in the world and job creation for a fast-growing population at an all-time high, but people are still struggling to get by.
While Australia may be the world’s ‘richest’ country, it is also still among the most expensive.
Recent reports into rising prices have found the cost of living straining family budgets, with prices mounting on groceries, the cost of petrol hitting an all-time high and bills spiraling out of control.
Australia may be the world’s richest country, but the rising price of living also makes it among the most expensive