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Top 25 Richest Asian Business Dynasties: 2015 list Of The Wealthiest Families In Asia

Top 25 Richest Asian Business Dynasties: 2015 list Of The Wealthiest Families In Asia

With a net worth of $26.6 billion, South Korea’s Lee family, which controls the formidable Samsung empire, topped the much-awaited inaugural list of Asia’s 50 richest business dynasties published by Forbes Asia magazine.

The Lees of Samsung Group, the biggest of the “chaebol” or a South Korean form of family-run business conglomerate, whose 2014 revenues were equivalent to 22% of South Korea’s total gross domestic product (GDP).

The second richest is the Hong Kong Chinese family, also surnamed Lee, which controls Henderson Development and boasts a fortune of $24.1 billion .

India’s Ambani family (brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani)is third on the list with a combined fortune of $21.5 billion, followed by Thailand’s Chearavanont family with $19.9 billion in 4th spot.

Rounding out the top five is the Kwok family, which controls Hong Kong’s Sun Hung Kai property empire, with a combined net wealth of $19.5 billion.

In fact, as many as 14 Indian families have made it to the inaugural list of Forbes Asia’s inaugural ranking of the top 50 Asian business dynasties features four Indians in the top 10.

Nearly half of the richest families in Asia are of Chinese descent, but none of them is based in mainland China. To qualify, a family’s wealth and participation in building that fortune has to extend at least three generations.

Top 25 richest Asian business dynasties: 2015 list of wealthiest families in Asia:

1) Lee (Byung-Chull) family
Net worth: $26.6 billion
Source of income: Samsung
Citizenship: South Korea

2) Lee (Shau Kee) family
Net worth: $24.1 billion
Source of income: Henderson Developmen
Citizenship: Hong Kong

3)  Ambani family
Net worth: $21.5 billion
Source of income: Reliance Group
Citizenship: India

4) Chearavanont family
Net worth: $19.9 billion
Source of income: Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group
Citizenship: Thailand

5) Kwok family
Net worth: $19.5 billion
Source of income: Sun Hung Kai & Co
Citizenship: Hong Kong

6) Kwek / Quek family
Net worth: $18.9 billion
Source of income: Hong Leong group
Citizenship: Malaysia

7) Premji family
Net worth: $17 billion
Source of income: Wipro
Citizenship: India

8) Tsai (Wan-Tsai) family
Net worth: $15.1 billion
Source of income: Cathay Financial
Citizenship: Taiwan

9) Hinduja family
Net worth: $15 billion
Source of income: Hinduja Group
Citizenship: United Kingdom

10) Mistry family
Net worth: $14.9 billion
Source of income: Shapoorji Pallonji Group
Citizenship: India

11) Chung family
Net worth: $13.5 billion
Source of income: Hyundai
Citizenship: South Korea

12) Hartono family
Net worth: $12.7 billion
Source of income: Djarum
Citizenship: Indonesia

13) Sy family
Net worth: $12.3 billion
Source of income: SM Investments Corporation
Citizenship: Philippines

14) Chirathivat family
Net worth: $11.7 billion
Source of income: Central Group of Companies
Citizenship: Thailand

15) Godrej family
Net worth: $11.4 billion
Source of income: Godrej Group
Citizenship: India

16) Cheng family
Net worth: $11.1 billion
Source of income: Chow Tai Fook
Citizenship: Hong Kong

17) Kuok family
Net worth: $10.9 billion
Source of income: Kuok Group
Citizenship: Singapore

18) Saji family
Net worth: $10.8 billion
Source of income: Suntory
Citizenship: Japan

19) Mittal family
Net worth: $10.1 billion
Source of income: ArcelorMittal
Citizenship: India

20) Pao family
Net worth: $9 billion
Source of income: BW Group
Citizenship: Hong Kong

21) Kadoorie family
Net worth: $8.9 billion
CLP Holdings Ltd.
Citizenship: Hong Kong

22) Birla family
Net worth: $7.8 billion
Source of income: Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.
Citizenship: India

23) Ng family
Net worth: $7.7 billion
Source of income: Tsim Sha Tsui Properties Ltd.
Citizenship: Singapore

24) Tsai (Eng-Meng) family
Net worth: $6.9 billion
Source of income: Want Want China
Citizenship: Taiwan

25) Mori family
Net worth: $6.1 billion
Source of income: Mori Building Company
Citizenship: Japan

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