Beijing Just Overtook New York As The Billionaire Capital Of The World

By on February 26, 2016 in ArticlesBillionaire News

The city of Beijing, China was recently ranked as home to the most billionaires in the world, knocking out New York City from the top spot, a new report finds. Moscow ranks fourth for the most billionaires, while Hong Kong and Shanghai came in fourth and fifth place.

Hurun, a firm that tracks the world's richest people on its Global Rich List, finds that there are 100 billionaires living in Beijing alone, a gain of 32 from the previous year despite increased volatility in the Chinese stock market and a dampening of its overall economy. In total, there are approximately 568 billionaires worth a collective $1.4 trillion now living in China. Other Chinese cities that boast a plethora of billionaires include Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou.

According to the report, most of the Chinese billionaires are self-made entrepreneurs in industries such as real estate, manufacturing, and technology. Real estate mogul Wang Jianlin was ranked as the richest man in China with a net worth of about $30 billion, followed by investor Li Ka-shing and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.

"Despite its own slowdown and falling stock market, China minted more new billionaires than any other country in the world last year," said Hurun Chairman and Chief Researcher Rupert Hoogewerf. "Growth in billionaires for the rest of the word was held back by a slowdown in the global economy, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, and the drop in oil prices. The number of billionaires, however, has jumped 50% from 2013."

BEIJING, CHINA - Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images

BEIJING, CHINA – Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images

The report found that there are about 535 billionaires living in the U.S., 95 of which reside in New York City. Other top U.S. cities for billionaires include San Francisco and Los Angeles. Although there are more billionaires now living in China, the combined wealth of all U.S. billionaires is almost double that of China at upwards of $2.4 trillion, particularly as the majority of the world's wealthiest individuals, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, live in the U.S.

In addition to China and the U.S., other countries with the most billionaires include India with 111 billionaires, Germany with 83 billionaires, the U.K. with 82 billionaires, and Russia with 80 billionaires. While India and Germany continue to add billionaires to their rosters at a rapid rate, Russia has declined in the rankings due to continued weakness in the Russian ruble and poor performance in key sectors, such as mining, metals, and energy.

Other interesting findings from the report include:

  • Chinese Women Lean In: China leads the world with the most self-made entrepreneurial women billionaires. Specifically, 93 of the 124 self-made women billionaires were Chinese.
  • Technology is King: Technology has been the primary source of wealth of billionaires for the third year in a row, followed by real estate, manufacturing, and investments.
  • Old Money: The average age of the world's billionaires is 64. The oldest billionaires on the list include David Rockefeller Sr. (101 years old) and Henry Hillman (98 years old). The youngest billionaires are the co-founders of Snapchat, Evan Speigel (25 years old) and Bobby Murphy (26 years old).
Articles Written by Beth McDonald
Beth is a New England-based business and healthcare freelance writer. Prior to beginning her freelance career in 2015, she spent over six years as a business writer for a corporate valuation firm outside of Boston. Before that, she was editor-in-chief of her university student newspaper. When she's not writing, she's probably reading, hiking with her dog, or cleaning up after her latest DIY disaster. Follow Beth on Twitter.
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