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Finweek English Edition - - IN BRIEF - Forbes

The record num­ber of new­com­ers on t he bil­lion­aires list this year. Nearly 25%, or 71, of this year’s first­time bil­lion­aires hail from China, fol­lowed by the US with 57, In­dia with 28 and Ger­many with 23. The av­er­age for­tune of this year’s new­com­ers is $1.8bn (R21.2bn). The rich­est first-timer on the list is Maria Franca Fis­solo, the widow of Nutella king Michele Fer­rero. Her wealth is es­ti­mated at $ 23.4bn ( R275.8bn) and re­lates to the fam­ily’s stake in the Fer­rero Group, which owns brands in­clud­ing Nutella, Fer­rero Rocher and Tic Tac.

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