SURGE OF 222 BILLIONAIRES TO RECORD 2089 BILLIONAIRES IN WORLD
BILL GATES, CARLOS SLIM AND WARREN BUFFETT SEE WEALTH SURGE US$52BN OR US$100,000 A MINUTE OVER PAST YEAR TO COMBINED RECORD TOTAL OF US$244BN
USA AND CHINA MAKE UP HALF WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES; INDIA BREAKS INTO TOP 3 FOR FIRST TIME
NEW ENERGY KING LI HEJUN STEALS CROWN OF CHINA NUMBER ONE FROM JACK MA
LEADING AUTHORITY ON CHINA’S WEALTHY RELEASES HURUN GLOBAL RICH LIST 2015
WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES GREW BY 222 TO 2089 INDIVIDUALS.RECORD NUMBER OF BILLIONAIRES.649 SAW WEALTH INCREASE + 341 NEW FACES. 869 SAW WEALTH DECREASE + 95 DROPPED OFF LAST YEAR’S LIST, WITH 10 RUSSIANS LEADING WAY.USA AND CHINA DOMINATEWITH 537 AND 430 BILLIONAIRES, MAKING UP HALF OF THE HURUN LIST. CHINA STOCK MARKET BOOM KEY DRIVER FOR 72 NEW FACES, FOLLOWED BY USA WITH 56. INDIA UP BY 27 TO BREAK INTO TOP 3 FOR FIRST TIME, REPLACING RUSSIA. BILL GATES, 59, HOLDS ONTO TOP SPOT WITH US$85BN, JUST AHEAD OF CARLOS SLIM AT US$83BN. WARREN BUFFETT 3RD WITH US$76BN. NEW YORKBILLIONAIRE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. 5 GREATER CHINA CITIES MAKE TOP 10: HK, BEIJING, SHENZHEN, TAIPEI AND SHANGHAI. TECHNOLOGYKEY SOURCE OF WEALTH FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING. REAL ESTATE, MANUFACTURING, INVESTMENTS AND RETAIL FOLLOW.ZUCKERBERG, 30, MARK BREAKS INTO TOP 10. NEW ENERGY KING LI HEJUN, 48, IS CHINA NEW NUMBER ONE WITH US$26BN. WANG JIANLIN REBOUNDS AFTER LISTING REAL ESTATE AND CINEMA UNITS, JACK MA THIRD AFTER DROP IN ALIBABA SHARE PRICE. CHINA LEADS WITH SELF-MADE WOMEN.OF 69 SELF-MADE WOMEN IN WORLD, 35 ARE FROM CHINA. 529 BILLIONAIRES OF CHINESE ORIGIN,23% OF TOTAL. SELF MADE BUT WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM PARENTSWAS THE MOST COMMON ROUTE TO BECOMING A BILLIONAIRE. HURUN REPORT THIS YEAR INNOVATED A SELF-MADE SCORECARD, ASSESSING BETWEEN 1 AND 5 THE DEGREE TO WHICH A BILLIONAIRE WAS SELF-MADE OR INHERITED. 40 INDIVIDUALS BELOW 40 YEARS, 22 SELF-MADE. SNAPCHAT FOUNDERSEVAN SPIEGEL, 23, AND BOBBY MURPHY, 25,UBER TECHNOLOGIES YOUNGEST. GARRET CAMP, 36, AND TRAVIS KALANICK, 38, EACH WORTH US$1.3BN; AIRBNBJOE GEBBIA, 33, AND NATHAN BLECHARCZYK, 31, EACH WORTH US$1.5BN. BIGGEST GAINER.E- COMMERCE TYCOON LIU QIANGDONG, 41, OF JD COM, SAW HIS WEALTH QUADRUPLE TO US$6.7BN FROM US$1.5BN LAST YEAR. CHINESE STOCK EXCHANGESMORE BILLIONAIRES THAN US, FOR THIRD ATTRACTED YEAR RUNNING. CHINESE STAR SIGNS.BILLIONAIRES BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE HORSE (CURRENT YEAR) LEAD THE WAY. YEAR OF THE SHEEP (STARTS ON FEB 19) COMES IN AT 6TH PLACE. CHINESE LUXURY HOME BUILDER STAR RIVER IS SPONSOR OFHURUN GLOBAL RICH LISTFOR SECOND YEAR.
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Although the list expanded by 222 individuals, the total wealth dropped by 1.5% to US$6.7 trillion, still more than the GDP of Japan and South Korea combined.
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649 saw their wealth increase and there were 341 new faces. 230 remained unchanged. 869 individuals saw their wealth decrease. 95 dropped out of last year’s list.
The average age is 64, same as last year.
Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman and Chief Researcher of Hurun Report, said, “Tech has been leading the way again for new billionaires. It’s all eyes on the new economy.”
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TheHurun Global Rich List 2015ranked 2089 billionaires from 68 countries, up 222 from last year, in a record-breaking year for the world’s billionaires.
The Russian Rouble collapse, brought about by a stagnating Russian economy, sanctions due to Ukrainian conflict and cheaper oil price by the OPEC, has been the cause for 60% of Russian billionaires to see their wealth drop, led byVladimir YevtushenkovandVagit Alekperov of Lukoil whose wealth fell by 77% and 73% respectively.
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(3 February 2015, Beijing, China) Hurun Report today released theHurun Global Rich List 2015, a ranking of the US dollar billionaires currently found in the world. Wealth calculations are a snapshot of 17 January 2015. This is the fourth year that Hurun Report has released a ranking of the dollar billionaires in the world. TheHurun Global Rich List 2015is sponsored by Chinese luxury home builder Star River Property.
“’New Energy King’ Li Hejun becomes the twelfth Number One China has had in the past 16 years, underlying once again the dynamism of the Chinese economy. In that same period, Bill Gates has been the only Number One in the US.”
Amancio Ortega Larry Ellison Bernard Arnault Mark Zuckerberg Charles Koch
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Bill Gates, 59,retainsthe number 1spot with a fortune of US$85bn, up US$17bn, on the back of strong gains on his investments. Interestingly, one quarter of his wealth is parked with Warren Buffett, exceeding the value of his remaining stake in Microsoft. Other investments include US$3.5bn in Facebook, owned by Mark Zuckerberg also in the Top 10, and close to US$2bn in the Four Seasons hotel chain, majority owned by Prince Alwaleed, one of the Top 20. Gates became a billionaire by the age of 31. Despite being one of the biggest philanthropists in the world, Gates has been in the Top 3 of theHurun Global Rich Listsince its inception four years ago.
Carlos Slim Helu, 75, regains his second spot with a 38% surge in his fortune to US$83bn. Interestingly, Slim is said to like to drive himself and has lived in the same six-bedroom house for the past 40 years. Slim has six children.
Warren Buffett, 84,saw his wealth shoot up by US$12bn or 19%. Buffett donated US$2.8bn to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last year. Interestingly,99 percent of his wealth was earned after his 50th birthday. His children, Susan, Howard and Peter, run their own charity foundations. “I would say the most satisfying thing is watching my children pick up on their own interests," Buffett said, "and work many more hours per week, than most people that have jobs, at trying to intelligently give away that money in fields that they particularly care about."
Amancio Ortega, 78, is out of the top three for the first time in three years, after seeing his stake in Zara drop by US$7bn, due in part to a drop in the Euro. Ortega has three children.
Larry Ellison, 70,with US$54bn, saw his wealth increase by 13%. Ellison is a signatory of The Giving Pledge, committing to donate more than half his wealth to philanthropic causes. Ellison is best-known for his passion for the sea, racing in the America’s Cup owning one of the biggest yachts in the world and in 2012 buying one of Hawaii’s largest islands. Interestingly, Steve Jobs was the official photographer at Ellison’s wedding.
Bernard Arnault, 65, stays at sixth with US$45bn. Arnault has five children from two marriages.
Mark Zuckerberg,at 30 the youngest member of the Top 10, has had a great year. His wealth soared 42%, moving him up 11 places no. 7. In October, Zuckerberg surprised many with the quality of his spoken Chinese during a visit to Tsinghua University in China. Zuckerberg graduated from one of America’s best-known private high schools, Phillips Exeter Academy, which is why Hurun Report assessed his self-made score ‘4’. Zuckerberg has donated US$2bn. Five Facebook billionaires made the Hurun List.
Dieter Schwarz,75, saw his wealth shoot up 29% to US$36bn and winning him a place in the Top 10 for the first time. Schwarz inherited a retailing business from his father but has since grown it significantly. Schwarz is known to be very low-key.
Charles, 79, and David Koch, 74, go up one place despite their wealth remaining the same.
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nd th Jeff Bezos and Sheldon Adelson out of Top 10after just one year, down to 22 and 24 place respectively.
Measuring the degree to which Billionaires are Self-Made
This year, Hurun Report innovated a scorecard measuring the degree to which billionaires are inherited or self-made. The scorecard is out of five, where 1 is inherited and not active in business, and 5 is self-made without help from parents.
Self-made with a little help from parentswas the most common route to becoming a billionaire. An example is Mark Zuckerberg, who was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, one of America’s best-known private high schools,. Second was self-made without help from parents, most of whom are coming from China and the US. Third was inheriting a business and growing it into a much bigger entity, eg Rupert Murdoch.
China leads with self-made ‘5s’.
25% of theSelf-Made ‘4s’ and ‘5s’female, whilst 72% of the ‘1s’ are female. For the ‘2s’, the are majority of the Chinese are from HK.
69% are self-madeand a further 19% are substantially self-made in that they grew an inherited business into a much bigger business.
82 individuals, or 4%, are from the 4th generation or more. The 82 come from 52 companies.
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New Yorkis the ‘Billionaire Capital of the World’, retaining the title it took away from Moscow two years in a row. 91 of theHurun Billionaireslive in the Big Apple, up 7 from last year. The rise in Hong Kong billionaires came about mainly from ranking several families individually, as well as 6 new faces.
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Rise of Asia:Of the top 17 billionaires whose fortunes doubled this past year, 14 are Chinese, led by Liu Qiangdong of online retailer JD.COM.
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The USA:Ranks No 1 with 537 billionaires; 56 more than 2014. Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) overtook investments to become the main source of wealth for American billionaires, followed by retail. TMT, investments and retail made up 125, 110 and 55 billionaires respectively. The combined wealth of the US billionaires was US$2.2 trillion. New York is America’s (and the world’s) city with the highest concentration of billionaires, with 91, followed by San Francisco and LA on 26 and 22 respectively. The USA is also the world’s capital for immigrant billionaires, attracting 211 billionaires. 386 self-made and 152 inherited billionaires. USA added 71 new billionaires. Average age of US billionaires 66.4.
China:Ranks No 2 with 430 billionaires, 72 more than last year. The combined net worth of the Chinese billionaires is US$1.2 trillion. Real Estate has generated most number of billionaires (119), followed by Manufacturing and TMT with 70 and 41 respectively. Led by Hong Kong and Beijing, 5 Chinese cities make the top 20 cities. Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen are home to 71, 68 and 34 billionaires respectively. Average age of the billionaires is 58. 395 self made and 35 inherited. China is the number 1 in the world in terms of generating the most self-made billionaires akin to “rags to riches” – 90% of the Chinese billionaires.
India:Leapfrogged Russia and the UK to third place with 97 billionaires, 27 more than 2014. Manufacturing, Pharma and TMT are the preferred sectors with 23, 14 and 12 billionaires respectively. Combined wealth of the Indian billionaires comes to US$266bn. Mumbai is headquarters to most of the Indian billionaires.Mukesh Ambani(US$20bn, rank 41) is the richest Indian.
Russia:Comes in forth with 93 billionaires; 10 less than 2014. All are self-made. The most popular sectors are energy, real estate and financial services with 19, 13 and 11 billionaires respectively. Moscow is home to 73 billionaires. Combined wealth of the Russian billionaires comes to US$365bn. Overall wealth of Russian billionaires declined by 5%.
th UK:with 80 billionaires, 2 more than 2014. With four new entrants,Down one place to 5 Mike Ashley, 50, of Sports Direct leads with a net worth of USD2.8 Bn. London is the overwhelming city of choice for 49 billionaires. Retail, real estate and TMT are the biggest wealth creators with 13, 12 and 9 billionaires respectively. UK billionaires have a combined wealth of US$244 billion. Overall wealth of UK billionaires dropped by 10%. Ukrainian-bornLeonard Blavatnikand Indian originSP Hinduja & familyare the richest people living in the UK.
th Germany:spot with 72 billionaires, despite having 6 more than 2014. With a 28%the 6  retains increase in net worth, Dieter Schwarz, 75, of Schwarz Group shoots to the top spot of the richest German billionaires. F&B, TMT and Retail are the most popular sectors with 16, 13 and 11 billionaires respectively. Hamburg is the preferred city with 9 billionaires living there.
Switzerland:7th with 60 billionaires, 4 more than 2014. With 14 billionaires, Geneva is the No 1 city for billionaires in Switzerland. Preferred sectors are manufacturing (with 13 billionaires) and Pharma (with 12 billionaires). Combined wealth of the Swiss billionaires cumulates to US$188.3bn.
Brazil:8th with 56 billionaires, 8 more than 2014. Combined wealth of the Brazilian billionaires totals US$148bn. Financial services is preferred industry with 12 billionaires followed Real Estate with 7 billionaires.
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France: 10th with 46 billionaires, 9 more than 2014. Combined wealth of the French billionaires is US$265bn. The preferred sector is luxury goods with 9 billionaires followed by F&B with 7 billionaires. Paris is the preferred city.
There were 40 billionaires under 40, up by a whopping 50% or 16 individuals. Led by Snapchat foundersEvan Spiegel, 23, andBobby Murphy, 25,the USA has the most (7), followed by China (3). 25% are women, of which Elizabeth Holmes, 30, is the youngest. 22 are self-made with 18 inherited.
Chinese Taipei:9th with 48 billionaires, 11 more than 2014. Taipei is the preferred city. Manufacturing is the preferred sector.Tsai Eng-Mengis the richest person (US$10bn).
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Technologyproduced the most billionaires – 297, accounting for 11% of the entire list. 49 were newcomers, coming from Graham Holding, Dogan Holding, DB Corp, King Entertainment, Uber, Bet 365 and so on. Other tech stocks that shot up includeJD.COM (346%), Xinwei Telecom (324%), Alibaba (245%), Xiaomi (198%), YonYou (123%), Baidu (80%), Excel (62%), Verlagsgruppe (60%) and Bharti Airtel (50%).
The US has the most number of tech billionaires, followed by China. The US has added more women tech billionaires, led bySheryl Sandbergof Facebook. The richest tech billionaire isLaurene Powell Jobs(US$18bn, rank 70), widow of Steve Jobs.
Other Points of Note
The youngest isElizabeth Holmes, 30, of Theranos,a revolutionary blood analytics company based in USA. Theranos board members include 3 former cabinet secretaries, 2 former senators, a retired CentCom Commander, a retired Navy admiral and a former director for Centre of Disease Control and Prevention.
Nicholas Woodman, an amateur photographer, founded GoPro which went public last year, netting Woodman US$1.9bn.
Valued at US$11bn, Shiv Nadar, 69, of HCL is an aggressive mission to impart literacy in India, and is one of the Top 3 philanthropists in India.
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Ones to watch.Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest, Xiaomi and Dropbox are in the pipeline for big tech IPO deals expected in 2015.
Women.More thanone in ten are female, 279 women in total. 69 are self-made of which 35 are from China, 16 from USA and 7 from the UK. The oldest is from China,Yik-Chun Koo Wang, 98, co-founder of Johnson Electric. The youngest isElizabeth Holmes, 30, of Theranos,healthcare a technology company in the USA.
Ones to watch.Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest, Xiaomi and Dropbox are in the pipeline for big tech IPO deals expected in 2015.
Jack Ma& family shot up to 33 after Alibaba’s record-breaking US$25bn IPO in New York in September 2014. Other billionaires of interest minted through IPO include Rocket Internet.
Politically active. Charles and David Kochfund political activities that promote free market principles.Saad Hariri,former Prime Minister of Lebanon, ranks 1094. 6 ruling royal families, including Saudi Arabia, Brunei, UAE, Morocco, Thailand and Liechtenstein.
121 billionaires ownFortune Global 500companies, 74 from USA, 10 from China.
Billion dollar divorce: Sue Ann Hammreceived a US$1bn settlement from Harold Hamm after their 23 year marriage, ranking her in her own right at number 1911.
Richest family in world.Were the Wal-mart fortunes to be combined, the Walton family would have US$138bn, up US$9bn this year, making them the richest family in the world by far.
The 41-year old Google foundersLarry Page and Sergey Brinretains their fort in Top 20, despite a stagnant year for Google.
Gérard Mulliez & familysaw his wealth increase 25%, pushing him up 11 places to 18, thanks to a strong performance of Auchan, a large retailer in Europe.
Carl Icahn, 78.The legendary investor had a fantastic run this year, improving 66% to US$29bn and up 26 places to number 22.
Big philanthropy.Jack Ma and Joe Tsai of Alibaba donated US$2.4bn worth of Alibaba stock. Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have donated US$2bn to charity. Ronnie Chan, of Hang Lung Properties, donated US$350 million to Harvard Medical School.
Jim Breyerof Accel Partners in the USA saw his wealth rise 130%. Breyer was an early investor in Facebook & Real Networks.
Oldest.The oldest billionaires on the list are 99 year oldDavid Rockefeller Sr(US$1.4bn, rank 1392) andTaiwanese Lin Yu-Chia(US$1.1bn, rank 1760), followed by two 98 year old billionaires; investor Henry Hillman($2.4bn, rank 594) andChinese Yik-Chun Koo Wang(US$2.7bn, rank 446).
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16 billionaires from last year’sHurun Global Rich Listdied at the relatively advanced age of 85. They included:
Name Karl Albrecht Antonio Ermirio de Moraes & family Harold Simmons Tsai Wan-Tsai & family S. Truett Cathy Paul Desmarais Patrick McGovern Malcolm Glazer & family Paul Ramsay David Azrieli & family Robert Holding George Mitchell Michael Heisley Sr William C. Ford Sr Emilio Yap Abdul Razzaq Yaqoob & family Source: Hurun Research Institute 2015
Company Aldi Sud Votorantim Participacoes Valhi Fubon Chick - Fil - A Power Financial Oration IDG Manchester United Ramsay Health Care Azrieli Group Sinclair Oil Devon Energy Oration Heico Companies Ford Motor Phil Trust Bank ARY Group
Billionaires by Continent – Hurun Global Rich List 2015
Age 94 86 83 85 93 88 77 86 78 92 88 95 77 89 89 70
56% of new billionaires reside in Asia.is drawing away from North America with 191 new Asia billionaires to take it to 943 individuals, followed by North America with 589 billionaires and Europe 401.
Oceaniais the only continent where a woman leads the billionaires’ list. (Georgina Rinehart, US$16bn).
With a cumulative net worth of US$80bn,Africahas 31 billionaires on theHurun Global Rich List 2015.Aliko Dangote,57, of Dangote Cements leads the pack with US$17bn, breaking into the Top 100.Brahim Zniber, 94, of Belvedere Winery is a new face on the list with US$6.8bn.
No. of Continent  billionaires 1 Asia 943 2 North America 589 3 Europe 401 4 South America 92 5 Oceania 33 6 Africa 31 Source:Hurun Global Rich List 2015
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