Billionaires in India and China outperformed their US peers this year, according to the Forbes rich list. Their fortunes rose sharply a year on from the global financial crisis, underscoring the rebound of the world's two biggest emerging economies.
In 2009 China's 100 richest have seen their net worth nearly double to $170bn, from $89.4bn last year, and India's top 100 reached $276bn, up more than 50 per cent. The total net worth of the 100 richest Americans fell 18 per cent, though they were still the wealthiest national group with $775bn.
The number of Chinese billionaires, up from 24 to 79, grew faster than in India, which rose to 52 from 27. But the net worth of China's richest man, Wang Chuanfu – $5.8bn – was less than a fifth that of his Indian counterpart.
Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Industries, India's biggest listed company, hit the top of the Indian list at $32bn, beating his brother and arch-rival Anil Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal, the London-based billionaire.
印度最大的上市公司信实工业(Reliance Industries)老板穆克什•安巴尼(Mukesh Ambani)以320亿美元的身家，荣登印度富豪榜榜首，胜过自家兄弟安尼尔•安巴尼(Anil Ambani)以及常驻伦敦的劲敌拉克西米•米塔尔(Lakshmi Mittal)。
Indian billionaires were helped by the strong performance of the local markets. Mumbai's Sensex index has risen 75 per cent so far this year as foreign investors have poured $15bn into local equity markets. The government forecasts economic growth of more than 6 per cent for the year.
The US's 371 billionaires have suffered with its economy. Bill Gates's fortune dropped by $7bn to $50bn compared with 2008, while Warren Buffet's net worth fell 20 per cent to $40bn.
美国上榜的371名亿万富豪则受累于国内经济低迷。比尔•盖茨(Bill Gates)净资产为500亿美元，比2008年减少了70亿美元；沃伦•巴菲特(Warren Buffet)的净资产缩水20%，至400亿美元。
Things are on the up for US billionaires with more than half of them adding to their net worth in a year which once again saw Bill Gates as the richest of them all, Forbes magazine
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has recovered his spot at the top of the US money heap, displacing investor Warren Buffett as America's richest person, Forbes magazine's latest list r