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Canadian Billionaire Edition (2012 data)
Here is another metric for grappling with the valuation disparity between Vancouver and the GTA. (Comparison Chart)
Toronto has more than twice as many billionaires as Vancouver, and more than Calgary and Vancouver combined.
Montreal has more billionaires than Vancouver and yet for the price of an average single family detached house in Vancouver you can buy 3 of them in Montreal and still have cash left over (Canada Chart).
We can guess that New York and London as Financial Centers have lots of billionaires, but who knew that Moscow ranks 2nd?
According to the Knight Frank Study, Moscow barely makes the list as a target for High Net Worth Individuals appearing only on the Political Power List at 9th place.
History, Charts & Curated Readings
"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome." Jane Austen spoken by Catherine Morland in 'Northanger Abbey'
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement; and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense