About 6,500 tons of gold are stored in seven vaults under the streets of London. The largest vault belongs to the Bank of England, and accounts for about 75% of the total stash. Most of this underground gold is in the form of standard bars weighing 400 troy ounces. The total value has been assessed as representing one-fifth of the world’s entire supply of gold, worth more than $248 billion USD (£172 billion).
Many different countries, corporations, and individuals have gold stored in the London vaults, including “investment funds, hedge funds, wealthy families, and trust funds that are backed by gold," says Adrian Ash of BullionVault.com.
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