June 20, 2006


No wonder why there are so many millionaires in the Netherlands...illegal money laundering, corruption, and socially unacceptable business practices. The Netherlands population is 16,491,461, while the United States population is 298,444,215. Of course the U.S. has the most millionaires...we are much bigger than the Netherlands!

20 June 2006 AMSTERDAM —The number of millionaires in the Netherlands rose by 5.3 percent to 108,000 last year, according to a report by Merchant bank Merrill Lynch and consultants Cap Gemini. This was stronger growth than the year before, when there was a 2.3 rise in the number of millionaires compared with 2003. Yet the Netherlands is still behind the worldwide average increase of 6.7 percent to 8.7 million.

The study defined wealthy individuals as people worth capital of at least USD 1 million, exclusive of their home and other expensive items. For the first time in three years the increase in the number of millionaires in the US in 2005 was less than the year before — 6.9 percent compared with 9.7 percent in 2004. The US still has the most millionaires, 2.9 million.

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