NEW YORK - The monied continued to make money as the number of high-net-worth individuals and their investment assets continued to swell in 2004, according to the annual World Wealth Report released by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini at Merrill's world headquarters on June 9th.

This elite group, with the entry requirement of at least $1 million financial assets, has increased 7.3% from 2003, bolstered by 600,000 new members to a global total of 8.3 million people.

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