The new Hurun ranking should come as no surprise; Bloomberg crowned Wang the wealthiest person in Asia – and 11th in the world – back in May, estimating his fortune at USD38.1 billion.
While second-placed Li Ka-shing (above), who began his property empire in Hong Kong, is still filthy rich with some RMB200 billion to his name, the updated Hurun list is notable for reflecting the growing clout of Mainland billionaires.
"As little as 10 years ago, the most successful Chinese were all outside Mainland China. Today that has changed completely, with Wang Jianlin … representing the new era of Mainland China entrepreneurs," said Hurun publisher Rupert Hoogewerf.
Mainland Chinese make up 80 percent of the list of 1,577 US-dollar billionaires. Of the remaining 20 percent, 99 hail from Hong Kong and 77 from Taiwan, with the rest from around the Chinese diaspora, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US and the Philippines.