World's Top 10 Cities In Terms Of Economic Importance [PHOTOS]

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  • 2. New York
    New York’s rich cultural mix keeps it in the top league of world cities, according to the Wealth Report 2012. More than one-third of people in New York and London are foreign-born. The report states that New York will continue to be a leading global city of economic importance if it maintains open immigration policies and have a livable environment for increasingly mobile populations, and to attract a significant foreign workforce. (Pictured: Lower Manhattan, looking north from the Statue of Liberty). REUTERS
  • 3. Hong Kong
    A general view of Hong Kong's West Kowloon, Sept. 12, 2007. REUTERS
  • 4. Shanghai
    Shanghai, China’s most important city has a well-educated and strong labor force. It has the world’s largest container port, fastest train, longest metro system and is currently working on the world’s second tallest building. Jim Rogers, an investor in Singapore said in the report that Shanghai’s economy is growing faster than the infrastructure. “Market Liberalization will help Shanghai become a global financial centre and it is forging ahead as a cultural hub and global tourist destination,” Fast Future Research in London said. Pictured: Aerial view shows boats participating in dragon boat race to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, on Suzhou river in Shanghai. Reuters
  • 5. Singapore
    The Marina Bay Sands hotel and ArtScience Museum (R) is seen before Earth Hour in Singapore. Singapore rounds off the list of ten most important cities to HNWIs, in terms of economic activity, according to Knight Frank "Wealth Report 2012." Reuters
  • 6. Beijing
    China’s capital city is one of the largest emerging economies of the world. Beijing also leads the list of cities growing in economic importance to HNWIs, according to the Wealth Report 2012. However, the Knight Frank researcher Vicki Shiel questions in the report if economic growth alone is enough to make a city really matter to HNWIs? Pictured: A man walks on an overpass on Jianguo Road near office buildings in Beijing's central business district REUTERS
  • 7. Dubai
    An aerial view of The Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis hotel in Dubai January 7, 2012. REUTERS
  • 9. Tokyo
    Tokyo is one of the ten most important cities, in terms of economic activity, in the world, according to Knight Frank "Wealth Report 2012." Pictured: The 634-metre (2080-feet) Tokyo Sky Tree, world's tallest broadcasting tower, is illuminated by LED lights to to mourn victims of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and 1945's great Tokyo air raids during World War II in Tokyo March 10, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
  • 10. Frankfurt
    Frankfurt is listed on the tenth slot of economically important cities to HNWIs because nobody dreams of “making it big” in Frankfurt, according to the Wealth Report 2012. “What is vitally important in a global city is a strong brand. A true global city is one with a brand people recognize, an image to which they aspire and a place where they dream of living.” Pictured: General view of the characteristic Frankfurt skyline with its banking towers Jan. 24, 2012. REUTERS
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The Knight Frank Wealth Report 2012 has listed the top ten most important cities of the world, in terms of economic activity.

The ten cities have been chosen on the basis of their growing economic importance to the high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), or those having over $25 million of investable assets).

The Wealth Report 2012 is published by Knight Frank, a London-based independent global residential and commercial property consultancy, in partnership with Citi Private Bank, Citigroup's wealth management services arm for ultra high net worth individuals, law firms, and institutional investors.

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