Friday, October 18, 2013

2013 Forbes China Rich List

Many more of these to go around

The Forbes list of 100 richest mainland Chinese is out. In aggregate, the numbers are significantly bigger than in 2012 – 44%, in fact. The top 100 are worth $316.5 billion, or on average $3.16 billion each. The new money emperor is Wang Jianlin, the Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, a real estate conglomerate. He is worth $14.1 billion. He eclipses China’s beverage tycoon Zong Qinghou, who headed last year’s list. The key themes for top wealth are real estate, internet/IT, and automobiles. Of the leading 25 names, close to half are in either real estate (seven) or internet (five). Another key theme? Despite the volatile times, the rich as a class continue to get richer. In a capitalist’s world, together with death, gravity and the speed of light, that seems an immutable law.

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