The world population of millionaires fell 15% last year, with the superrich taking an even bigger hit, according to a new survey.The Capgemini and Merrill Lynch World Wealth Report finds that the number of global millionaires fell to 8.6 million from 10.1 million in 2008. The declines were the largest since Capgemini/Merrill started the survey 13 years ago. The survey defines millionaires as those with investable assets of $1 million or more.There were 2.5 million millionaires in the U.S. at the end of 2008, down from three million in 2007.
By Robert Frank, June 27, 2009, WSJ Wealth Report

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