Forbes Magazine recently released its latest China’s 100 Richest List, many of which have more than one child, the SCMP reports. Pictured above is Robin Li worth 67.7 billion RMB, co-founder of Baidu who came in at third on the list is a father of four.
The list consists of mostly middle-aged men from a variety of fields. However, interestingly:
A third of China’s 100 richest billionaires have more than one child, with eight having managed to sneak in under the net with broods of three or four. Only one fifth, 21 out of 100, have stuck to the one child rule according to Forbes, while nearly a third, 31, are married but childless.
While a few on the list may have had their children before the one-child policy began in 1979, the majority had children after the policy was enacted. So, it appears that all one needs to do to evade the law is to have a lot of money.
China’s one-child policy began as an effort to combat overpopulation. However, exemptions currently exist for twins, ethnic minorities, rural populations, children of parents who were both raised in single-child households and the populations of Hong Kong and Macau.
Non-compliance with the policy may result in forced abortion and heavy fines (which presumably did not pose a problem to the members of the Forbes list). Recent reports have stated that the government is seriously reconsidering the policy.
For any unattached readers on the look-out for a super-wealthy spouse, take heed, not all of China’s top 100 richest billionaires preside over large broods, 15 are in fact single.
By Maea Lenei Buhre