Rich List, India: 2021
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Adani’s wealth surges 261%, now Asia’s second richest
India has added five billionaires every month in the last 12 months as the value of businesses such as chemicals, software and pharmaceuticals soared. Gautam Adani (59) and family, with Rs 5.1 lakh crore (a 261% surge), for the first time became Asia’s second-richest, report Prabhakar Sinha and Mayur Shetty.
Adani’s family saw their wealth increase by Rs 1,000 crore a day over the last year.
Mukesh Ambani (64), with Rs 7.2 lakh crore, remained the richest Indian for the 10th year in a row, according to the Hurun India Rich List.
With ₹1.6L cr, vax king Poonawalla at 6th rank
Vaccine king Cyrus S Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India, whose wealth increased by 74% to Rs 1,63,700 crore occupies the 6th position.
Gautam Adani’s brother Vinod Shantilal Adani, who owns a trading business in Dubai, too made it to the top 10, ahead of Kumar Birla, with his wealth growing 3x to Rs 1.31 lakh crore.
The last decade has seen the fastest pace of wealth creation with India’s rich adding Rs 2,020 crore of wealth every day for the past 10 years. Hurun, which compiles a list of the super-rich in India in partnership with IIFL Wealth management, has in this year’s ranking highlighted trends for the last decade.
“The number of entrants in IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List has grown from just under 100 ten years ago to1,007 today. At this rate, in 5 years, I expect the list to grow to 3,000 individuals. The evolution of the list is a reflection of India’s economic growth story,” said Hurun India MD & chief researcher Anas Rahman Junaid.
According to him, a decade ago the cut-off for being part of the top 10 was Rs 30,800 crore, which has gone up to Rs 1,21,600 crore.
Mukesh Ambani is again richest Asian as China's Zhong loses $22 billion
NEW DELHI: India’s Mukesh Ambani is back to being the wealthiest person in Asia.
Despite a brutal week for markets, his Reliance Industries Ltd was relatively unscathed as it said it would spin off its oil-to-chemicals business into an independent unit. With a net worth of about $80 billion, Ambani is again richer than Zhong Shanshan, whose bottled-water company tanked a record 20% this week.
The Chinese tycoon is worth $76.6 billion, down more than $22 billion from a peak just last week, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Ambani spent most of the past two years leading the ranking of Asia’s richest people, taking over from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Jack Ma. Then the listing of two companies put Zhong on the map: He grabbed the title from Ambani at the end of December and by early 2021 was the sixth-wealthiest person on Earth, surpassing Warren Buffett.
Zhong’s Nongfu Spring Co more than tripled from its initial public offering to a peak in January as investors flocked to consumer shares, while his vaccine maker, Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy Enterprise Co, surged as much as 3,757%.
But the rally faded as the Hong Kong and Chinese stock markets were among the world’s biggest decliners this week. Nongfu shares have erased their gains for the year, while Wantai’s posted a record monthly plunge.
Ambani has focused on pivoting his empire to tech and e-commerce, moving away from energy. Last year, he sold stakes in Reliance’s digital and retail units worth $27 billion to investors including Google and Facebook Inc, lifting his fortune by $18 billion.
The spinoff announced this week of the oil-to-chemicals unit -- which accounted for more than 60% of the conglomerate’s revenue in the last fiscal year -- will help the tycoon bring in more investors and expedite a proposed stake sale to Saudi Arabian Oil Co.
Zhong and Ambani are not the only two swapping titles lately. Tesla Inc’s Elon Musk became the world’s richest person at the start of January before Amazon.com Inc's Jeff Bezos regained the No. 1 spot earlier this month as shares of the electronic-car maker tanked.
Musk lost $15 billion alone after he tweeted that the prices of cryptocurrencies seemed high -- just two weeks after Tesla said it invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin.
Adani, with $67bn, is Asia’s 2nd richest
Pips China’s Zhong Shanshan To Be No. 2, Behind Ambani Who Tops The List With $77Bn Net Worth
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Gautam Adani, the chief of the infrastructure-to-renewable energy conglomerate and the second-richest Indian, is now the second-richest Asian too, behind Reliance Group’s Mukesh Ambani. On Thursday, Adani went past Zhong Shanshan, the head of a China-based beverages-to-pharma conglomerate. Globally, Ambani is the 13th richest, while Adani is at the 14th place.
As of May 20, 2021, Adani’s total net worth was $66.5 billion compared to Zhong Shanshan’s $63.6 billion and Ambani’s $76.5 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Adani’s wealth has surged by $32.7 billion this year, while Ambani has lost $175.5 million, a report by Bloomberg said.
Adani’s meteoric rise in fortunes happened in the last one year since May 2020, as the stock price of each of the group’s six listed companies have galloped northward, BSE data showed. From about $20 billion at the start of May last year, the Adani Group’s aggregate market capitalisation is now nearly $115 billion — a rise of nearly six times. In comparison, the Reliance Group’s aggregate market cap has moved up from nearly $125 billion to a little over $178 billion now.
In the last one year, the stock of Adani Total Gas has rallied 1,145%, the most among all the six group companies. In addition, Adani Enterprises has jumped 827%, Adani Transmission 617%, Adani Green Energy 433% and Adani Power 189%. The least of the gains was recorded in Adani Power stock that has rallied 142%.
Over this one year, the group, which has also been mired in a huge controversy because of a large buyout of a coal mine in Queensland in Australia, has signed a large number of deals in India. As a result, it now has a strong presence in sectors as diverse as ports, airports, energy, resources, logistics, packaged foods, agribusiness, real estate, financial services, gas distribution and defence-related manufacturing.
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