Last year's dotcom crash is being blamed for a fall in the number of millionaires in Britain - the first reduction in numbers in a decade.
The number of millionaries fell from a record 69,600 in 2000 to 68,700 last year. Heavy stock market investors suffered the worst, at the hands of last year's stock crash, says a new study published by analyst Datamonitor.
But Datamonitor warns that the slump will be shortlived.
It predicts that membership of the "millionaires' club of Britain will exceed the 100,000 mark within the next four years."
Growth will be driven particularly by a sharp increase in the number of self-made businessmen and women, and wealthy pensioners with stock-piled earnings.
The report also predicts strong growth in the number of Muslim entrepreneurs, who are increasingly keen to invest in the stock market following a relaxing of rules by Islamic authorities in the mid 1990s.
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