Rupert Hoogewerf
Rupert Hoogewerf

One in ten, of the over 2 thousand billionaires at the 2015 Global Hurun list, were women, is revealed by The Women of China. 35 Of them were from China, says Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf, who explains how this year´s changed way of counting delivers a better result, counting in self-made women billionaires.

The Women of China:

According to the report, 69 women built up their respective fortunes from scratch, among whom 35 were Chinese and the others either from the United States or the United Kingdom. The report also pointed out that it was the first time that self-made female billionaires made it onto the list.

“Building from scratch but with a little help from parents or grandparents was found to be the most common way for those on the list to reach their billionaire status. This year, the Hurun Research Institute used a new scoring system to divide the self-made billionaires from those who inherited their wealth, with five distinct levels. Wealthy people under Level 5 implies that they acquired their riches by their own efforts, without any support from their family members,” explained Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and principal investigator of the Hurun List.

The list revealed that 25 percent of the self-made billionaires under Level 4 and Level 5 were female, while 72 percent of Level 1 were women.

The list showed that the average age of the billionaires was 64, the same as last year.

The oldest woman on the list came from China: Ms. Yik-Chun Koo Wang, 98, is the co-founder of Johnson Electric Holdings Ltd. and served as its honorary chairperson. The youngest on the list was Elizabeth Holmes, 30, president and CEO of Theranos, who had built a medical-services company revolutionizing blood testing in the United States.

The list provided detailed information about the billionaires from around the world, providing analysis of how their respective fortunes are broken down, which industries were most common among those who topped the list, as well as their respective places of residence.

More at the Women of China.

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