Top Richest People in Asia 2019 - Profession and Achievements

Updated By M.Ishaq March 28, 2019
  • Who is the wealthiest man and family in Asia in 2019?
  • Which of the top richest people in Asia was rejected from the Harvard and KFC?
  • Who is called the Donald Trump of China?

Money may not always bring in more money because capitalism takes some lumps. The wealthiest are no more totally immune to strong economic forces and dwindling stock markets. Both the number of billionaires and their total wealth keep on swelling or shrinking.

Top Richest People in Asia Picture

Who are the top richest people in Asia? The latest stats released by the Forbes for the richest people in the world 2019 reveal that there are around 2,153 billionaires in the world, down by 55 a year ago. The top slot among the world’s richest individuals goes to Jeff Bezos, for the second consecutive year. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, enjoyed this title for as many as twelve years.

Top Richest People in Asia:

The largest and the most populous continent, Asia has also emerged asa financial powerhouse. It houses some of the world’s top 10 economies, notably China, Japan and India.

As of 2019, among the wealthiest families, the Ambani family ranks atop with the net worth of $44.8 billion followed by Lee family, Kwok family, Chearavanont family occupying second, third, and fourth positions, respectively. But when it comes to individuals, it is not (Mukesh) Ambani but (Jack) Ma who occupies the top slot.

Top Richest People in Asia - Mukesh Ambani

1.Mukesh Ambani:

On the first place, it is Mukesh Ambani, an Indian business tycoon. He is the chairman and majority shareholder of the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). RIL has the highest market value in India. Ambani is of the view that an entrepreneur should be realistic in their opinion because they cannot do everything.

Date of BirthApril 19, 1957
EducationBachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Bombay; Drop Out, Stanford University
CEO OfReliance Industries
Profession(s)Chairman and managing director, Reliance Industries
Net Worth55.2 Billion USD
Source of WealthPetrochemicals, Oil & Gas
AwardsNDTV Business Leader of the Year 2010, The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000
Top Richest People in Asia - Ma Huateng

2.Ma Huateng:

The 2nd slot on the list of the top richest people in Asia goes to Ma Huateng, the founder and CEO of one of the largest internet company in China – the Tencent. He has also featured more than once on the Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world list. As of 2019, his net worth has been estimated at $37.9 billion.

Also Known asPony Ma
Date of BirthOctober 29, 1971
EducationShenzhen Middle School, Shenzhen University
Founder & CEO OfChinese Tech Giant Tencent
Profession(s)Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Businessperson, Investor
Net Worth39.6 Billion USD
Source of WealthSelf made, Internet Media
AchievementsRichest man in China with net worth $51.1B (Mar 2018), 1st Chinese Businessman amnong top 10 richest persons in the world featured on 'Forbes' list (Nov 2017)
Top Richest People in Asia - Jack Ma

3.Jack Ma:

The founder of Ali Baba group, Jack Ma may well be ranked as the third richest man in Asia with net worth of over $38 billion. He is also one of the most inspiring men on the list for his story of rise from rags-to-riches is quite interesting.

After being rejected from the Harvard, KFC and many other opportunities, he founded the Ali Baba Group – one of the world’s most valuable companies. According to Ma, he wanted to change history and do something important in life.

Birth NameMa Yun
Date of BirthSeptember 10, 1964
EducationBachelor of Arts/Science, Hangzhou Teacher's Institute
Founder & CEO OfAli Baba Group
Profession(s)Entrepreneur, Teacher, Philanthropist, Investor, Businessperson
Net Worth38.7 Billion USD
Source of WealthSelf made, e-commerce
AchievementsTop 10 Business Leaders of the Year in 2014, Nominated as “Young Global Leader” by World Economic Forum (2005), Businessperson of the Year” by Businessweek (2007), Selected as World’s Best CEO among 30 (2008)
Top Richest People in Asia - Hui Ka Yan

4.Hui Ka Yan:

Hui Ka Yan, the forth wealthiest person in Asia, is also a Chinese businessman. Also referred to as the Donald Trump of China, he is the majority shareholder and chairman of a real estate developer, the Evergrande Group.

Also Known asXu Jiayin
Date of BirthOctober 9, 1958
EducationBachelor of Arts/Science, Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Founder & Owner OfChina Evergrande Group
Profession(s)Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Net Worth37.7 Billion USD
Source of WealthSelf made, Real Estate
Top Richest People in Asia - Li-Ka Shing

5.Li-Ka Shing:

Once the richest man in Asia, Li-Ka Shing has been pushed down to the 5th position. However, with incredible net worth of over $33 billion, he is still the richest man in Hong Kong. An investor, business tycoon and philanthropist, Shing is presently working as the chairman of the board for CK Hutchison Holdings.

Date of BirthJuly 29, 1928
EducationDrop Out, High School
Founder & CEO OfCheung Kong Industries
Profession(s)Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Investor, Businessperson
Net Worth32.6 Billion USD
Source of WealthDiversified, Self Made
AwardsGrand Bauhinia Medal
Top Richest People in Asia - Wang Jianlin

6.Wang Jianlin:

A Chinese investor, business magnate and philanthropist, Wang Jianlin is the founder of the Dalian Wanda Group which runs the largest real estate business in China. It is also largest movie theatre company in China. His net worth is estimated to be around $29.6 billion.

Date of BirthOctober 24, 1954
EducationLiaoning University
Founder & CEO OfDalian Wanda Group
Profession(s)Philanthropist, Investor, Businessperson
Net Worth23 Billion USD
Source of WealthReal estate, Self Made
AchievementsNominated as the “The Best CEO in Asia” by Asia Corporate Governance magazine (2015), Selected by “Foreign Policy” magazine as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2013
Top Richest People in Asia - Lee Shau-Kee

7.Lee Shau-Kee:

A real estate business magnate, Lee Shau-Kee is a majority shareholder of Henderson Land Development, a property conglomerate dealing in properties, restaurants, hotels, and internet services. Having risen from rags-to-riches, he once said that his family would be able to eat meat or fish only once or twice a month. His net worth is estimated around $28.7 billion.

Top Richest People in Asia - Masayoshi Son

8.Masayoshi Son:

The founder and CEO of SoftBank Mobile, Masayoshi Son enjoys 8th place among the top richest people in Asia with the estimated net worth of $22.6 billion. The “Dot Com” crash in 2000 resulted in the loss of $70 billion, setting the record for most money ever lost in history.

Top Richest People in Asia - Wang Wei

9.Wang Wei:

Chairman of the Chinese delivery service company, SF Express, Wang Wei has an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion. SF Express is the second largest courier in China after the China Post.

Top Richest People in Asia - Yang Huiyan

10.Yang Huiyan:

Asia’s 10th richest individual, Yang Huiyan is a Chinese investor and the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings. She is, however, the richest woman in Asia with the net estimated worth of $20.4 billion.

Asia Continent - Latest Articles