LONDON (TIP): Four Indians have made it to the top 100 global rich list, as the country records for the first time more billionaires than Britain and Russia.
The world now has a record 2,089 billionaires with Mukesh Ambani being the richest Indian in the list.
The Reliance chief however ranks 41 in the top 100 global rich list.
The other Indians to figure in the top 100 are Dilip Sanghvi of Sun Pharma who is ranked 53, Pallonji Mistry & family who own Tata Sons ranked 60 and Wipro’s Azim Premzi who is ranked 74.
India has leapfrogged Russia and the UK to third place with 97 billionaires, 27 more than 2014. Manufacturing and Pharma are the preferred sectors with 23 and 14 billionaires respectively. Combined wealth of the Indian billionaires comes to $266 billion. Mumbai is headquarters to most of the Indian billionaires.
The latest Harun Global Rich List 2015 shows an additional 222 billionaires were created last year, almost a third of whom were in China. Bill Gates remains the world’s wealthiest individual increasing his wealth to $85 billion. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is second with $83bn, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg breaks into the global top 10 for the first time.
The US still holds the crown for most mega-wealthy residents, at 537. But China is not far behind with 430, having acquired 72 new billionaires in 2014.
Russia has 93 billionaires and UK has 80.
New York remains the favourite city of the super-rich, with 91 billionaires while London is still fifth with 49.
But six cities in Asia now make the top 10: Mumbai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen, Taipei and Shanghai.
The List ranked 2089 billionaires from 68 countries, up 222 from last year.
Mark Zuckerberg at 30 is the youngest member of the Top 10. His wealth soared 42%, moving him up 11 places to number 7.
The ‘Big Two’ in the list are the USA and China with 537 and 430 billionaires respectively, amounting to almost half of the billionaires on the planet. Russia had a bad year, losing 10 billionaires.