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Five China's Taiwanese billionaires on Forbes list
Updated: 2006-03-11 11:29

HONG KONG, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Five China's Taiwan entrepreneurs have been included on the 2006 list of the world's billionaires released by Forbes magazine, according to reports reaching here from Taipei on Friday.

A record 793 billionaires worth a combined 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars are on this year's list.

Of the five Taiwanese on the list, Formosa Plastics Group Chairman Wang Yung-ching ranks 107th with a net worth of 5.4 billion U.S. dollars. Hon Hai Precision Chairman Terry Guo ranks 147th with a net worth of 4.3 billion U.S. dollars. Fubon Group Chairman Tsai Wan-tsai and family rank 207th with a net worth of 3.3 billion U.S. dollars. Via Technologies Inc. Chairwoman Cher Wang and her husband, the company's president Chen Wen-chi, ranks 365th with a net worth of 2.1 billion U.S. dollars. Quanta Computer Chairman Barry Lam ranks 486th with a net worth of 1.6 billion U.S. dollars.

A total of 115 billionaires are from the Asia-Pacific region, with Japan having the largest number at 28.

While there are 17 billionaires from Hong Kong, the number of those from Chinese mainland has increased from only two last year to eight this year.

Meanwhile, India has seen the birth of 10 new billionaires this year, bringing the country's total number to 23.

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