Beijing now has more billionaires than any city
|bbc.com 07 Apr 2021 at 22:48|
Although Beijing now has more billionaires than the Big Apple, the combined net worth of New York City s billionaires remained US$80bn (£58bn) greater than that of their counterparts in Beijing.
Beijing s richest resident was Zhang Yiming, the founder of social media app TikTok and chief executive of its parent firm ByteDance. He saw his net worth double to $35.6bn.
In contrast, New York City s richest resident, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, had a fortune worth $59bn.
China, along with the US, has seen its technology giants become even bigger during the pandemic as more people shopped online and looked for sources of entertainment.
This saw the massive creation of personal wealth for the founders and shareholders of these tech titans.
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China, which Forbes included Hong Kong and Macau into its figures, added more billionaires to the list than any other country globally, with 210 newcomers.
Half of China s new billionaires made their fortunes from manufacturing or technology ventures, and now include female billionaire Kate Wang who made her money from e-cigarettes.
With 698 billionaires, it is closing in on the US, which still leads with 724 billionaires.
A record 493 newcomers joined the list globally last year, roughly one new billionaire every 17 hours, according to Forbes.
India had the third-highest number of billionaires, with 140. In total, the 1,149 billionaires from Asia Pacific were worth $4.7tn, compared with the US billionaires $4.4 tn.
Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, remains the world s richest person for the fourth consecutive year. His net worth grew by $64bn to $177bn last year.