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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rihanna Reach Billionaire Status

Fri, Mar 24, 2023 8:55amGrey Clock 3 min

The global billionaire population declined 8% year over year in the 12 months to January due to volatile stock markets and a strong U.S. dollar, according to new data.

However, Bernard Arnault of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH saw his wealth increase 37%, boosting him to the first place on the list. Among the newly minted billionaires are sports and entertainment stars, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rihanna.

There were a total of 3,112 individuals worth more than US$1 billion, 269 fewer from a year ago. The billionaires’ combined wealth also dropped 10% year over year to US$13.7 trillion, according to the Hurun Global Rich List 2023 released Thursday.

Wealth is calculated in U.S. dollar terms based on a snapshot on Jan. 16.

“Interest rate hikes, the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, the popping of a Covid-driven tech bubble and the continued impact of the Russia-Ukraine war have all combined to hurt stock markets,” Hurun Report chairman and chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf said in a statement.

In the 12 months leading up to January, the U.S dollar appreciated against most major currencies. The British Pound and Japanese Yen were down 11% against the U.S. dollar, the Indian Rupee was down 9%, the Chinese Yuan was down 6% and the Euro was down 5%. For the wealthiest individuals whose assets are allocated outside of the U.S., a strong dollar means their net worth will be smaller in dollar terms.

The Hurun Global Rich List tells the story of the global economy through the stories of the world’s richest individuals. “Who’s up and who’s down highlights the trends in the economy,” Hoogewerf said.

Tech giants suffered the largest loss in the year. Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Scott were down over US$100 billion in the year; Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were down a combined US$85 billion; and Elon Musk was down US$48 billion. Combined, those five people alone lost US$250 billion.

Luxury brands including LVMH and Hermès made significant gains despite cost-of-living worries, according to Hurun. Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH, became the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of US$202 billion, a 37% increase from a year earlier. The company’s stock was up more than 30% on the back of record US$15 billion in profits and US$86 billion in sales in the 12 months leading up to January, according to the Hurun report.

Bertrand Puech and family, owner of luxury brand Hermès, ranked third with a net worth of US$134 billion, up 31% from a year ago. The family members agreed not to sell their share of Hermès for at least two decades, in a move designed to fend off a hostile takeover bid from LVMH. The company posted a US$3.6 billion record profit last year.

Musk, 52, dropped to second place with a net worth of US$157 billion, a 23% decrease from a year ago due to a significant decline in Tesla’s value. The electric-car maker lost US$700 billion in value last year, and Musk sold US$23 billion of Tesla stock to fund his acquisition of Twitter last October.

The rest of the top 10 includes, in order, Bezos, investor Warren Buffett, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and ex-CEO Steve Ballmer, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, and Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, a India-based petrochemical, retail and telecommunications conglomerate.

China had the most billionaires with 969, followed by the U.S. with 691. “It’s easy to see why the U.S. and China are so important economically. Between them they have over half of the billionaires in the world,” Hoogewerf said.

India came third with 187 billionaires, followed by Germany, with 144, overtaking the U.K., which has 134 billionaires.

The top three cities where billionaires claimed their primary residences are Beijing, New York, and Shanghai, each with more than 100.

The entertainment and sports industries are generating more and more billionaires. Soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both reached billionaire status for the first time, together with golfer Tiger Woods, the NBA’s LeBron James, boxer Floyd Mayweather, and retired tennis player Roger Federer.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has remained on the list since 2014.

Additionally, musicians Rihanna and Jay Z made their first billion last year, while Paul McCartney and Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber created their fortune through music licensing.

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings films, broke through the US$1 billion mark. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and actor and producer Tyler Perry also joined the billionaire club, according to Hurun.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • 1,078 billionaires saw their wealth increase, of which 176 were new faces. 2,479 saw their wealth decrease or stay the same, of which 445 dropped-off;
  • Russian retained eighth place in billionaire’s country of origin, with 70, down only two from last year;
  • In terms of industry, consumer goods (9.2%) and financial services are the top two sources of billionaires’ wealth;
  • 82 billionaires are aged 40 or under, and 56 of them are self made. The youngest self made billionaires are husband and wife team from China, Han Yulong, 38, and Lu Jianxia, 30, owner of Manner coffee;
  • 247 are self-made women billionaires; China dominated with 81%.


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China rocked the auto world twice this year. First, its electric vehicles stunned Western rivals at the Shanghai auto show with their quality, features and price. Then came reports that in the first quarter of 2023 it dethroned Japan as the world’s largest auto exporter.

How is China in contention to lead the world’s most lucrative and prestigious consumer goods market, one long dominated by American, European, Japanese and South Korean nameplates? The answer is a unique combination of industrial policy, protectionism and homegrown competitive dynamism. Western policy makers and business leaders are better prepared for the first two than the third.

Start with industrial policy—the use of government resources to help favoured sectors. China has practiced industrial policy for decades. While it’s finding increased favour even in the U.S., the concept remains controversial. Governments have a poor record of identifying winning technologies and often end up subsidising inferior and wasteful capacity, including in China.

But in the case of EVs, Chinese industrial policy had a couple of things going for it. First, governments around the world saw climate change as an enduring threat that would require decade-long interventions to transition away from fossil fuels. China bet correctly that in transportation, the transition would favour electric vehicles.

In 2009, China started handing out generous subsidies to buyers of EVs. Public procurement of taxis and buses was targeted to electric vehicles, rechargers were subsidised, and provincial governments stumped up capital for lithium mining and refining for EV batteries. In 2020 NIO, at the time an aspiring challenger to Tesla, avoided bankruptcy thanks to a government-led bailout.

While industrial policy guaranteed a demand for EVs, protectionism ensured those EVs would be made in China, by Chinese companies. To qualify for subsidies, cars had to be domestically made, although foreign brands did qualify. They also had to have batteries made by Chinese companies, giving Chinese national champions like Contemporary Amperex Technology and BYD an advantage over then-market leaders from Japan and South Korea.

To sell in China, foreign automakers had to abide by conditions intended to upgrade the local industry’s skills. State-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group developed the manufacturing know-how necessary to become a player in EVs thanks to joint ventures with Toyota and Honda, said Gregor Sebastian, an analyst at Germany’s Mercator Institute for China Studies.

Despite all that government support, sales of EVs remained weak until 2019, when China let Tesla open a wholly owned factory in Shanghai. “It took this catalyst…to boost interest and increase the level of competitiveness of the local Chinese makers,” said Tu Le, managing director of Sino Auto Insights, a research service specialising in the Chinese auto industry.

Back in 2011 Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent, explained what set Chinese capitalism apart from its American counterpart. “In America, when you bring an idea to market you usually have several months before competition pops up, allowing you to capture significant market share,” he said, according to Fast Company, a technology magazine. “In China, you can have hundreds of competitors within the first hours of going live. Ideas are not important in China—execution is.”

Thanks to that competition and focus on execution, the EV industry went from a niche industrial-policy project to a sprawling ecosystem of predominantly private companies. Much of this happened below the Western radar while China was cut off from the world because of Covid-19 restrictions.

When Western auto executives flew in for April’s Shanghai auto show, “they saw a sea of green plates, a sea of Chinese brands,” said Le, referring to the green license plates assigned to clean-energy vehicles in China. “They hear the sounds of the door closing, sit inside and look at the quality of the materials, the fabric or the plastic on the console, that’s the other holy s— moment—they’ve caught up to us.”

Manufacturers of gasoline cars are product-oriented, whereas EV manufacturers, like tech companies, are user-oriented, Le said. Chinese EVs feature at least two, often three, display screens, one suitable for watching movies from the back seat, multiple lidars (laser-based sensors) for driver assistance, and even a microphone for karaoke (quickly copied by Tesla). Meanwhile, Chinese suppliers such as CATL have gone from laggard to leader.

Chinese dominance of EVs isn’t preordained. The low barriers to entry exploited by Chinese brands also open the door to future non-Chinese competitors. Nor does China’s success in EVs necessarily translate to other sectors where industrial policy matters less and creativity, privacy and deeply woven technological capability—such as software, cloud computing and semiconductors—matter more.

Still, the threat to Western auto market share posed by Chinese EVs is one for which Western policy makers have no obvious answer. “You can shut off your own market and to a certain extent that will shield production for your domestic needs,” said Sebastian. “The question really is, what are you going to do for the global south, countries that are still very happily trading with China?”

Western companies themselves are likely to respond by deepening their presence in China—not to sell cars, but for proximity to the most sophisticated customers and suppliers. Jörg Wuttke, the past president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, calls China a “fitness centre.” Even as conditions there become steadily more difficult, Western multinationals “have to be there. It keeps you fit.”


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