Ghana is seventh wealthiest African country – Report

Ghana has been ranked the seventh wealthiest country in Africa with a total wealth of US$63 billion as of December 2017.

The ranking, according to the AfrAsia Bank Africa Wealth Report published in September 2018, covers wealth, luxury, prime property and wealth management trends in Africa from 2007 to 2017, with projections to 2027.

The capital, Accra, also maintained its 2017 ranking as the 10th wealthiest African city with a current total wealth of US$38 billion in the report. “Major sectors in the city include basic materials, manufacturing and financial services,” the report said.

The country is also well placed to have a wealth per capita of US$2,500 which was dwarfed in comparison to Mauritius US$32,700, South Africa US$12,900 and Namibia US$12,600.

The report defines total wealth as private wealth held by all the individuals living in each country. It includes all their assets such as property, cash, equities and business interests.

Rankings

South Africa (1st), Egypt (2nd), Nigeria and Morocco (3rd) were ranked the top three wealthiest nations on the resource-rich African continent with US$722 Billion, US$330 Billion, US$253 Billion and US$122 Billion respectively.

The report projected that the total private wealth in the continent will rise by 34 percent over the next 10 years, reaching US$3.1 trillion by the end of 2027.

“We expect Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda to be the strongest performing wealth markets in Africa during this period,” reads the report.

South Africa, Angola, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Nigeria, however, got less favourable predictions, although still positive.

About the AfrAsia Bank Africa Wealth Report 2018

The AfrAsia Bank Africa Wealth Report 2018 provides insights gathered by New World Wealth, on wealth trends in Africa over the past 10 years, with projections for the next 10 years.

The report also provides comprehensive wealth breakdowns for 17 African countries and 23 African cities.

Total individual wealth held in Africa currently amounts to around US$2.3 trillion. This figure is expected to rise by 34 percent over the next 10 years, reaching US$3.1 trillion by the end of 2027.

The likes of Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda are expected to be the strongest performing wealth markets in Africa during this period (90 percent to 150 percent growth rates).

By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe