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.