Fast-For­ward

Forbes - - LEADER BOARD -

China’s me­te­oric Climb

2000: No bil­lion­aires hail from main­land china. (the coun­try’s first bil­lion­aire, banker Larry Yung, de­buted on our 1997 bil­lion­aires list and then quickly dropped off.) 2018: af­ter av­er­ag­ing al­most 10% an­nual gDP growth in the years since, china now has 373 bil­lion­aires, in­clud­ing the world’s 17th-rich­est per­son, ten­cent ceo Pony ma (be­low).

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