35 years after being shot into space and more than 11 billion miles from home, NASA’s Voyager 1 probe is just about to leave our solar system.
Should Americans kiss financial supremacy goodbye? For the first time, Asia has surpassed North America in total millionaires — 3.37 million compared with North America’s 3.35 million.
While the U.S. struggled, China’s millionaire population shot up 5.2 percent to 562,400 last year. Even hurricane-ravaged Japan increased its millionaires by 4.8 percent in 2011.
Overall, there are more millionaires in the world, but they don’t have more money.
The number of seven-figure holders across the globe grew by 0.8 percent to a record 11 million, but the collective wealth of the mega-rich fell by 1.7 percent to $42 trillion. In 2009 and 2010, people worldwide with at least $1 million to invest saw their combined wealth surge by double digits.