A survey by a China-based wealth magazine claims Asia has more billionaires than any other continent. The Hurun Report, which compiled the list, suggests there were 1,453 people around the world with a personal wealth of $1 billion or more as of January 2013, including 608 in Asia, 440 in North America and 324 in Europe.
However, Forbes research brings the figures into doubt, at least the part concerning the number of billionaires in Asia. Its most recent international rich list in 2012 shows the Asia-Pacific region had 315 billionaires, compared to 450 from North America and 310 in Europe.
Anyway, the Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim, remains the Richest Man on the Planet, having a personal fortune of $66 billion. Jorge Paulo Lemann occupies the number one spot in Brazil with an estimated wealth of $17 billion (see table 2 below).
Moscow is the
money laundry billionaire capital of the world, followed by New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and London. Sao Paulo is at 12th with 19 billionaires (see table 1 below).