China’s billionaires club swells as market rally offsets virus pain


BEIJING — More than 200 billionaires have been created in China final yr as booming inventory markets and a flood of recent listings offset the ravages of the virus pandemic, in accordance with a world tally launched Tuesday.

The measurement of China’s unique billionaire’s club has nearly doubled prior to now 5 years as the world’s quantity two economic system continued to outpace most others, and its capacity to principally keep away from the worst of the coronavirus meant it was one of many few to broaden in 2020.

And the Hurun Global Rich List confirmed 259 folks breaking into the billion-dollar bracket — greater than the remainder of the world mixed — taking China whole to 1,058, the primary nation to interrupt the 1,000 mark.

In comparability, second finest performer the United States noticed 70 new billionaires created, taking its whole to 696.

Leading the Chinese pack was Zhong Shanshan of bottled water large Nongfu, who entered the listing for the primary time with an $85 billion fortune, placing him primary in Asia and into Hurun’s international prime 10. Zhong, a former development employee, made his money following a $1.1 billion preliminary public providing in Hong Kong final yr.

However, a clampdown on ecommerce large Alibaba noticed tycoon Jack Ma fall down the pecking order. The one-time darling of China’s entrepreneurs has come underneath stress from regulators, who’ve reigned in Alibaba and fintech arm Ant Group on anti-trust points.

Three people globally added greater than $50 billion in a single yr, the survey discovered: Tesla’s Elon Musk, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Colin Huang of Pinduoduo, considered one of China’s fastest-growing ecommerce gamers.

Overall, China continues to steer the world’s wealth creation, Hurun’s report mentioned, including 490 new billionaires prior to now 5 years in contrast with the 160 added within the US.

Hurun Report chairman Rupert Hoogewerf mentioned that even with the pandemic chaos, the previous yr noticed the largest wealth improve of the previous decade as a result of new listings and booming inventory markets.

“Asia has, for the first time in perhaps hundreds of years, more billionaires than the rest of the world combined,” he added.

The report additionally flagged a shift in Hong Kong, declaring that the town’s entrepreneurs at the moment are being “dwarfed” by their counterparts within the mainland — solely three Hong Kong tycoons make it into the China prime 50.

Six of the world’s prime 10 cities with the best focus of billionaires at the moment are in China, with Beijing prime of the heap for the sixth yr operating.

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