Rich People Andrejs Pidjassistockthinkstock
Photograph by Andrejs Pidjass/iStock/Thinkstock by Getting Images,

The net worth of every person on the planet adds up to $135.5 trillion.

To put that in perspective, when you divide it by the population of the world, you get an average net worth of $19,000. That's just barely enough for every person to buy a used 2012 Honda Accord with 50,000 miles on it.

This is just one of many facts revealed in a recent report by The Boston Consulting Group. Another interesting tidbit is that there are 13.8 million millionaire households in the world today.

Spurred on by rising equity indexes -- the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) is up by 37% over the past two years alone -- the United States retained its convincing lead with 5.9 million millionaire households, or 43% of the total. Japan came in a distant second with 1.5 million millionaire households, or 11%.

In light of our collective fascination with the world's wealthiest people, I thought you'd find the rest of this list interesting. What follows, in turn, is a slideshow revealing the 10 countries with the largest number of millionaire households in the world.

The first step for you to become a millionaire
There's a huge difference between a good stock and a stock that can make you rich. The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has selected his No. 1 stock for 2014, and it's one of those stocks that could make you rich. You can find out which stock it is in the special free report "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014." Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company.

John Maxfield and The Motley Fool have no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Compare Brokers