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Kuwait leads in private wealth booked offshore

KUWAIT: Private financial wealth in Middle East and Africa grew by 4.7 percent in 2011, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, entitled The Battle to Regain Strength: Global Wealth 2012, is BCG's twelfth annual look at the global wealth-management industry and addresses the current size of the market, the state of offshore wealth , the performance levels of leading institutions, the emergence of alternative business models, and key trends that all players must adapt to.

According to the report, private financial wealth in Middle East and Africa grew to $4.5 trillion in 2011, up from $4.3 trillion in 2010, marking a 4.7 percent increase. Furthermore, it is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6 percent by 2016, to reach $6.1 trillion, largely as a result of continued strong GDP expansion in oil-rich countries.

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