Last Updated: Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Every man, woman and child in the United States currently owes $53,469 for their share of the U.S. public debt
Public Debt: $11,421,836,402,771.01
Intragovernmental Holdings: $4,823,482,417,798.33
Total U.S. National Debt: $16,245,318,820,569.34
Question: Who owns the public debt?
Answer: Mutual funds, pension funds, foreign governments, foreign investors, American investors, etc.
Which Foreign governments own the most U.S. debt?
Answer: Here is the Top 10 (as of Aug/2012)
1. China, Mainland, $1153.6 billion dollars
2. Japan, $1121.5 billion dollars
3. Oil Exporters*, $263.0 billion dollars
4. Carib Bnkng Ctrs**, $256.9 billion dollars
5. Brazil, $253.9 billion dollars
6. All Other, $226.8 billion dollars
7. Switzerland, $202.2 billion dollars
8. Taiwan, $198.0 billion dollars
9. United Kingdom, $153.6 billion dollars
10. Russia, $153.3 billion dollars
*Includes oil exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran
**includes countries such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands
Of the $5.1 trillion dollars of US debt that is owned by foreign governments, China and Japan own nearly half, as evidenced by this chart:
Growth of US Debt Over Past 50 Years
Commonly Asked Questions:
How much Money does the United States Owe China?
A: $1.15 Trillion (Aug/2012)
How much Money does the United States Owe Japan?
A: $1.12 Trillion (Aug/2012)
How much Money does the United States Owe Russia?
A: $153.3 Billion (Aug/2012)
How much Money does the United States Owe the United Kingdom?
A: $153.6 Billion (Aug/2012)
How much Money does the United States Owe Germany?
A: $64 Billion (Aug/2012)
How much Money does the United States Owe Canada?
A: $57 Billion (Aug/2012)
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