Forbes Lists China’s Wealthiest People

With a personal fortune totaling $14.1 billion, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group, real estate Wang Jianlin is in the #1 spot, boosted by the recovery in China’s real estate market. The extent of Wang’s wealth still does not break the record of $16.2 billion set by Yan Huiyan in 2007, when as the holder of her real estate developer father’s fortune she topped the list. This year, Yan Huiyan’s fortune is listed at $7.2 billion and she is ranked as China’s richest woman.

As China is home to the largest number of mobile phone and internet users in the world, it is not surprising that some of the biggest increases in fortune come from these sectors. The wealth of the top three internet service providers gives some indication of the vastness of China’s market. Robin Li, CEO of Baidu earned the #3 spot, with Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent, and Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group coming in at #5 and #7 respectively.

Another economic sector experiencing tremendous growth is the auto industry and chairman of Great Wall Motor, Wei Jianjun, ranked #6 on the list. The much-publicized pollution problem in China is highlighted by the fact that the chairman of Beijing SDL Technology, Ao Xiaoqiang, has made his debut on the Top 400 list as a result of his company supplying environmental monitoring equipment to pollution-producing industries. Also highlighting the growing awareness to use alternative non-polluting energy source, renewable energy entrepreneur Li Hejun of Hanergy Holding was the highest-ranking newcomer on the list.