The 15 richest people in Asia, ranked: Ambani, Shanshan, and more – Business Insider

The 15 richest people from Asia in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index are collectively worth more than $500 billion.

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As of September 24, a new name has been crowned China’s richest: Per Forbes, Zhong Shanshan, founder and chairman of the water bottle company Nongfu Spring, has a net worth of about $59 billion.

Some of the names occupying the top ranks are self-made billionaires, like Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, China’s largest e-commerce company.
Others inherited wealth from their families, like Mukesh Ambani, who took over his father’s oil company, Reliance Industries.

Read on to learn more about the richest people in Asia.
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Emmie Martin, Melissa Stanger, and Tanza Loudenback contributed to an earlier version of this post.

The 15 richest people from Asia in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

15. Qin Yinglin

Qin Yinglin, chairman of Muyuan Foodstuff seen on November 22, 2012 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images
Net worth: $19.2 billion

Age: 55

Location: China

Industry: Food and beverage

Source of wealth: Self-made; Muyuan Foodstuff

Net worth year-over-year change: Up $13.6 billion in the last year.

Qin Yinglin and his wife Qian Ying founded Muyuan Foodstuff, a pig breeding and distribution company where he serves as chairman. Muyuan Foodstuff breeds and sells pigs and pork products. The couple got started in 1992, and the company made $3 billion in 2019. Qin went to Henan Agricultural University where he studied animal husbandry before embarking on the business venture, per his Forbes Billionaires profile.

14. Zhang Zhidong

A logo of a Chinese tech firm Tencent, owner of a messaging app WeChat. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Net worth: $22.1 billion

Age: 48

Location: China

Industry: Tech

Source of wealth: Self-made; Tencent Holdings

Net worth year-over-year change: Up $7.05 billion in the last year.

Zhang Zhidong, also known as Tony Zhang, co-founded the tech company Tencent Holdings, which provides applications for instant messaging, gaming, and virtual payments. The company owns Riot Games, developer of “League of Legends,” Variety reported. Tencent made $54.6 billion in 2019. Zhang served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer until he retired in 2014, per Forbes.

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