Beijing overtakes New York as billionaire capital of the world for first time


Beijing now has more billionaires than any other city in the world, narrowly beating New York which held the ranking for the last seven years.

The Chinese capital added 33 billionaires last year, taking its total to 100, as the country bounced back quickly from the Covid-19 pandemic that originated in Wuhan, according to the 2021 Forbes World’s Billionaires list. New York is home to 99 billionaires.

Beijing’s wealthiest newcomer is 34-year-old Wang Ning, whose toy business Pop Mart went public in Hong Kong in December 2020. Meanwhile, Zhang Yiming, Beijing’s richest resident and founder of TikTok, doubled his net worth to $35.6bn (£25bn).

Despite Beijing having more billionaires, the cumulative net worth of New York City’s billionaires is greater, at $80bn (£58bn).

In NYC, Michael Bloomberg, worth $59bn (£42bn), is the wealthiest individual.

The US also still has more billionaires than any other country, with 724, but China is closing the gap with 698 (including 71 from Hong Kong and 1 from Macao), according to Forbes.

India has the third highest number of billionaires, with 140.

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