Real estate top wealth creator in S China

Updated: 2013-08-28 07:58

By Shi Jing in Shanghai (China Daily)

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Real estate top wealth creator in S China

Despite the central government's tightening policies in the property market, the real estate sector still generates the largest number of billionaires in southern China, according to the Hurun 2013 Pearl River Delta Region Rich List.

This is the first time that the Hurun Report, a Shanghai-based magazine that covers wealthy Chinese people, releases a list for the region.

About 24 percent of the billionaires in the Pearl River region, which includes Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and Huizhou, come from the property industry, while 15 percent are in the manufacturing industry. The third-largest group of billionaires in the region is in the information technology industry.

Among the top 1,000 Chinese wealthy people shortlisted by the Hurun Report, 21 percent of them are from the manufacturing industry, the largest group of all. Next comes real estate, with 20 percent of the rich coming from the sector.

Globally, property tycoons also hold most of the world's wealth, the report said, followed by investors in the telecommunications, media and technology sector.

A total of 152 billionaires were listed on the Hurun 2013 Pearl River Delta Region Rich List, each possessing personal wealth of at least 1.8 billion yuan ($294 million). The report estimated that there are about 8,000 people with a personal wealth of at least 100 million yuan in the region, and the number of rich people with personal assets worth at least 10 million yuan amounts to 13,000.

Shenzhen is home to the largest number of rich people in the region, with 73 billionaires. Guangzhou, which is home to 40 billionaires, dislodged Dongguan from the second position.

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