A total of 213 people from mainland China landed spots on the 2015 Forbes Billionaires list, an increase of 61 from last year. Familiar faces including Wang Jianlin and Jack Ma topped the list, but 71 among the 213 are newcomers to the world of billionaire-dom.
Wang Jianlin, chairman of China’s biggest real estate developer Dalian Wanda Group, was ranked as mainland China’s richest man and was placed 29th overall with a net worth of 24.2 billion USD. Wang was followed by Alibaba’s Jack Ma, who came in at 33rd with a total of 22.7 billion USD to his name (also making him the richest-ever Chinese-techie).
Ma was previously named as mainland China’s richest individual, but Wang’s fortune surpassed Ma’s in January when Alibaba shares dropped 30 percent from their November peak, according to Forbes. Oh how the mighty fall.
Solar energy tycoon Li Hejun had taken over Jack Ma as being the mainland’s richest person back in February, but came in 38th on the Forbes list with a net worth of 21.1 billion USD.
Including Hong Kong, the highest-ranking Chinese person on the list was business magnate Li Ka-shing, who was ranked the world’s 17th wealthiest person with a fortune of 33.8 billion USD. Hong Kong property tycoon Lee Shau Kee ranked 27th on the list with 24.8 billion USD.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes rich list with a net worth of 79.2 billion USD, followed by Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu and US businessman Warren Buffet.
See the 71 new billionaires from China on the 2015 Forbes rich list here and see the entire list here.