The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or the market value of all goods and services remains the standard by which wealth is measured. As of today, these are the top 10 richest cities in the world based on their 2014 GDP.
Shanghai, China :-
Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China, with a total population of near 24 million as of 2013.The only Chinese city on the list is also the economic center of the country. This city on the Eastern Coast of China can trace its earliest history to 960 AD, although it was not upgraded from a fishing village to a market town until 1074 during the Song Dynasty. It eventually rose to become a very important port city, as it was readily accessible for foreign ships when foreigners came to China in the early 20th century.
- GDP: $516.5 billion
- Area: 6,340 km²
- Founded: 1291
- Weather: 8°C, Wind SW at 2 km/h, 97% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 12:57 pm
- Population: 14.35 million (2000) UNdata
- Colleges and Universities: Fudan University, more
Moscow, Russia :-
Moscow is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia.Located in western Russia, records referring to Moscow go as far as 1147, although the earliest known construction of a wall around the city was only recorded in 1156. It was sacked and conquered over the centuries by invading powers including the Mongols, the Swedes, the Poles and the French. The city was stripped of its title as Russian capital after the founding of St. Petersburg before being reinstated as capital after the revolution of 1917. The city is known for several attractions like the Kremlin, Red Square, the BolshoiTheater and the mausoleum housing Vladimir Lenin’s preserved corpse. Its biggest industriesinclude chemicals, metallurgy and food production.
- GDP: $520.1 billion
- Area: 2,510 km²
- Weather: 1°C, Wind N at 3 km/h, 87% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 9:01 am
- Population: 11.5 million (2010) UNdata
- Colleges and Universities: Moscow State University, more
Chicago, USA :-
Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles. With 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in both the U.S. state of Illinois and the American Midwest.Also known the Windy City, Chicago, in the US state of Illinois, first started out as an area occupied by Native Americans. French explorer Robert dela Salle first referred to the area as ‘Checagou’, from the native word ‘shikaakwa’, meaning “wild onions” or “wild garlic”. The founding of modern Chicago was in 1833, but only as a town. Rapid population growth necessitated its naming to a city in 1837, but still it continued to develop to become one of the fastest-growing cities in the country for several more decades.
- GDP: $524.6 billion
- Area: 606.1 km²
- Founded: 1833
- Weather: -4°C, Wind E at 5 km/h, 78% Humidity
- Local time: Sunday 11:03 pm
- Population: 2.715 million (2012)
- Unemployment rate: 10.9% (Aug 2013)
- Colleges and Universities: University of Chicago, more
Osaka, Japan :-
Osaka is a city in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the largest part of the Keihanshin metropolis, which comprises three major cities of Japan: Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan’s third largest city by population after Tokyo (special wards) and Yokohama.The site where Osaka, in southern Japan, is now located was believed to have been settled in by humans as early as 6BC.But it was not until the Edo period from 1603 to 1867 that it grew into one of the country’s major cities and not until 1889 that the modern municipality was established and expanded. Of its total area, only 223 square kilometers is actually designated as a city.
- GDP: $654.8 billion
- Area: 223 km²
- Weather: 10°C, Wind SW at 14 km/h, 54% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 2:06 pm
- Population: 2.665 million (2010) UNdata
- Colleges and Universities: Osaka City University, more
Paris, France :-
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. It is situated on the River Seine, in the north of the country, at the heart of the Île-de-France region.Around 250 BC a Celtic sub-tribe known as the Parisii established a settlement near the Seine River in France. Their settlement will later be named after them –Paris.Also called the City of Lights, it is now one of the most-visited places in Europe, although it had a turbulent past with the plague and occupations by invading armies from Russia, Prussia and Germany.The attractions of Paris include the world-famous Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, the Louvre Museum and the Arc de Triomphe. Its biggest industries are tourismand the clothing business as many designer clothes brands have their main office in Paris.
- GDP: $669.2 billion
- Area: 105.4 km²
- Weather: 7°C, Wind S at 2 km/h, 86% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 6:08 am
- Population: 2.211 million (2008) UNdata
- Colleges and Universities: University of Paris VIII: Vincennes – Saint-Denis, more
London, England :-
London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. It is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom.London has been settled as early as the Roman era when it was referred to as Londinium.It slowly grew to the city it now is, although it was nearly destroyed by a huge fire in 1666 and ravaged by plague a century later. Modern London became the world largest city from 1831 to 1925 with people of different cultures from all over the world settling there.London is still known to be a cultural melting pot and accepting of many youth cultures from all over the globe. London’s attractions include Buckingham Palace, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the world-famous Big Ben clock tower. Its biggest industries are finance and banking.
- GDP: $731.2 billion
- Population: 8.174 million (2011)
- Area: 1,572 km²
- Founded: 43 AD
- Weather: 4°C, Wind 0 km/h, 98% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 5:11 am
- Colleges and Universities: University of London, more
Seoul, South Korea :-
Seoul — officially the Seoul Special City — is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of more than 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the developed world.Located in northwestern South Korea, Seoul was believed to have been settled in as early as 17 BC. The city rose to become the capital of the Joseon Dyan 1394 and has stayed capital of the country since. It was credited as the first city in East Asia to have power, water and a phone system at the same time. In 1950 it was occupied by invading forces from North Korea who were later driven backin 1951. Its current boundaries were established only in 1995 and it has grown economically since. Its main attractions are the Korean War Memorial, Namsan Park, Changdeokgung Palace and the N Seoul Tower. Seoul’s main industries include electronic, textile and iron and steel production.
- GDP: $779.3 billion
- Area: 605.2 km²
- Weather: 7°C, Wind N at 13 km/h, 34% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 2:14 pm
- Population: 9.82 million (2005) UNdata
- Colleges and Universities: Seoul National University, more Jinhak
Los Angeles, USA :-
Los Angeles officially the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second-most populous in the United States, after New York City, with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621. It has a land area of 469 square miles (1,215 km2), and is located in Southern California.The glitzy, glamorous home of everything Hollywood started out as a settlement by the Native American Chumash tribe before the 16th century.In the 18th century the small village was called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles, shortened to Los Angeles eventually.In 1847 it was won by Americans from its Spanish-descendant settlers and its population steadily grew with the buildings of the railroad in 1876 to the city we know it today. The city is well known for its attractions like Universal Studios, the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Santa Monica Pier. Like London, its main industries are banking and finance.
- GDP: $789.7 billion
- Area: 1,302 km²
- Elevation: 71 m
- Weather: 16°C, Wind 0 km/h, 75% Humidity
- Local time: Sunday 9:16 pm
- Population: 3.858 million (2012)
- Unemployment rate: 11.3% (Aug 2013)
- Colleges and Universities: University of California, Los Angeles, more
New York, USA :-
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.Originally founded as the Province of New York by the English during the second Anglo-Dutch War, it was recaptured by the Dutch before being turned over the English via treaty in 1674. It was one of the states that endorsed Declaration of Independence in 1776 and was the scene of one first majorbattles of the American Revolution. From the 19th to the 20th century the city would become the main entry port of immigrants from all over the world and many of them eventually decided to settle there instead of moving on, giving the city a wide racial and cultural diversity.It has five boroughs or state counties, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Its attractions include Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Its biggest industries include publishing, finance and real estate.
- GDP: $1,210 billion
- Area: 1,213 km²
- Founded: 1624
- Weather: -5°C, Wind SE at 13 km/h, 56% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 12:19 am
- Population: 8.337 million (2012)
- Unemployment rate: 8.9% (Oct 2013)
- Colleges and Universities: New York University, more
Tokyo, Japan :-
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area in the world.Tokyo has come far from its humble origin as the fishing village of Edo. In 1590 it became the capital of the capital of the ruling dynasty.It later grew in area and population to become the identified capital of Japan, although the emperor took up residence in Kyoto.The city suffered a devastating earthquake in 1923 and extensive US bombing in World War II.After the war it was steadily rebuilt, finally taking center stage in 1964 when it hosted the Summer Olympics. Its attractions include Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Imperial Palace and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Its biggest industries are in electronics, telecommunications and publishing.
- GDP: $1,520 billion
- Population: 13.23 million (Apr 1, 2013)
- Area: 2,188 km²
- Weather: 12°C, Wind S at 2 km/h, 42% Humidity
- Local time: Monday 2:21 pm
- Colleges and Universities: University of Tokyo, more