And you thought Oprah was rich..... she barely makes it in the top ten richest self-made women in the world. The elite group is now dominated by Chinese women
, who hold the top three positions, four out of the top five and more than half of the top twenty (see chart above).
What would Mao say today? "Let a hundred billionaires blossom in China...." There are actually now 400-500 billionaires in China according to this source
, the largest number of any country in the world. And what a difference 10 years makes - ten years ago there were only 24 Chinese worth a billion yuan or more ($150 million), there are now almost 1,400.