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American millionaires lag world in real estate

American millionaires may love real estate. But not as much as their European or Asian peers.

A new report shows that American multimillionaires—those worth $30 million or more—hold 7 percent of their wealth in personal real estate, according to a report from London real estate firm Savills and researcher Wealth-X.

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European multimillionaires hold more than four times as much, with real estate accounting for 31 percent of their fortunes. Asian multimillionaires have 27 percent of their fortunes in real estate. Combined, Asians and Europeans hold more than a third of the residential real estate owned by multimillionaires worldwide.

In fact, North America ranked last among the world's regions when it comes to real estate holdings of the rich.

(Read more: Top states for millionaires per capita)

Paul Tostevin, of Savills' world research team, said the American rich have more of their wealth in financial investments and stocks than their global peers.

"I think in the U.S. there's more integration with the investment culture, and use of the stock market is more advanced," he said. "So real estate is a smaller share."


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