This year’s Forbes Top 20 rich list has been published, and includes two Chinese members for the first time.
Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Tencent’s Pony Ma have both made their debut in the top 20, bringing to the table a combined wealth of around $84.3bn.
The US still dominates what is now Forbes’ 32nd list, with 13 of the top 20 business people being US-based.
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Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, is listed at #20 with a net worth of $39bn.
Pony Ma, the affectionate nickname of Ma Hauteng, is chair of Tencent Holdings and came in at #17 on the list. His worth totals $49bn.
The top 20 is rounded off by a third Asian businessman, Mukesh Ambani, Indian chairman and Managing director of Reliance Industries, who comes in at #19 with a net worth of $40.1bn.