The ranks of high-net-worth individuals continued to grow in the U.S. and around the world last year after a pause in 2011 caused by the Great Recession, according to the latest World Wealth Report 2014.

The concentration of just where the wealthiest among us lives is borne out in a new report: The U.S. and Japan account for nearly half (46.1%) of the world’s superwealthy, according to a report from Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.

Overall, the World Wealth Report 2014 found that the number of high-net-worth individuals grew by 14% in 2013, compared with 9.2% the year before. That’s a big change from 2011, when the size of the exclusive club remained flat from the previous year.

The report, which defined high-net-worth individuals as those having investable assets of at least $1 million, not counting primary residence, collectible, consumables and consumer durables, looked at data from 71 countries.

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North America and the Asia/Pacific region were in a tight race as the top growth areas, the report found.

Take a look at our countdown of the Top 12 Countries With Most Millionaires for 2014:

A cyclist passes the Rijksmuseum in the center of Amsterdam. (Photo: AP)

12. Netherlands

2013: 173,000

2012: 149,000

Increase over 2012: 16.5%

Sungnyemun gate in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo:AP)

11. South Korea

2013: 176,000

2012: 160,000

Increase: 10.3%

St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. (Photo: AP)

10. Italy

2013: 203,000

2012: 176,000

Increase: 15.6%

Sydney Skyline.

9. Australia 

2013: 219,000

2012: 207,000

Increase: 5.8%

Toronto, Canada marina.

8. Canada

2013: 320,000

2012: 298,000

Increase: 7.2%

A cable train makes its way up the Weissfluhjoch mountain in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo: AP)

7. Switzerland

2013: 330,000

2012: 282,000

Increase: 16.8%

Eiffel Tower in Paris.

6. France

2013: 472,000

2012: 430,000

Increase: 9.7%

Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo: AP)

 

5. United Kingdom

2013: 527,000

2012: 465,000

Increase: 13.4%

Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. (Photo: AP)

4. China

2013: 758,000

2012: 643,000

Increase: 17.8%

The Bode Museum in Berlin.

3. Germany

2013: 1.13 million

2012: 1.01 million

Increase: 11.4%

Mount Fuji soars over the Yokohama Bay area (Photo: AP)

2. Japan

2013: 2.32 million

2012: 1.9 million

Increase: 22.3%

Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan in background.

1. United States

2013: 4 million

2012: 3.43 million

Increase: 16.6%

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