China never had so many billionaires, despite the pandemic that shakes the world economy, and the country now surpass its closest rivals, including the United States, according to a ranking published Tuesday.
China was the first country to be affected at the end of 2019 by the new coronavirus that paralyzed its economy but also the first to recover and grow again.
Y despite confinement measures With an unprecedented plunge in activity in early 2020, China last year saw the number of its dollar billionaires rise, according to the Hurun cabinet’s annual ranking.
The Asian giant it has 253 more and widely dominates the world rankings, as it has a total of 992 super-rich (including Hong Kong).
In number, the United States is the second country with the most billionaires (696) but the three largest fortunes are still Americans and French: 197,000 million dollars for Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, ahead of Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and of the French Bernard Arnault (LVMH). India is the third country in the world with the highest number of billionaires (177).
Jack Ma falls to fourth place
China’s richest man is the boss of the bottled water giant Zhong Shanshan, what a year earlier he was not among the 100 richest people. His fortune is valued at $ 85 billion (€ 70.71 billion), after his company Nongfu Spring went public last year.
For the first time in the history of the Hurun classification, China’s biggest fortunes are no longer tied to real estate, a sector on which the country’s growth has been based for a long time.
The bosses of Tencent (internet and video games) and ByteDance (owner of the short video app TikTok) rank second and third respectively. Jack Ma, which for a long time occupied the first step of the podium, falls to fourth place, with a fortune estimated at 55,000 million dollars (45,750 million euros). (AFP)
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