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The rich get richer…


Though there’s no question the recession dealt a major blow to Americans’ purse strings, the U.S. is still home to the most millionaires* in the world, according to research and consulting firm Capgemini.


And at least one consumer trend is holding steady these days –– the poor get poorer, while the rich get richer.


In Capgemini’s 2012 U.S. Metro Wealth Index, we can see exactly how the nation’s highest-earning consumers have managed to bounce back from the Great Recession.


“Each of the top five [cities] on its own is large enough to earn a ranking spot as one of the top 15 wealth markets in the world,” said Jean Lassignardie, chief sales and marketing officer of Capgemini Global Financial Services.


“For instance, New York has more [high net worth individuals] than the Middle East and Africa based on the markets we cover.”


Unsurprisingly, nine of the top 10 metro areas on this list are also among the most financially segregated places in the nation.


*Capgemini defines “millionaire” as those with $1 million or more in investable assets, which doesn’t include their primary home.

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