Forbes reports that 35 out of the world’s 100 richest tech billionaires – an annual list they’ve compiled since 2015 – live in the Asia-Pacific region. Predictably, China leads the way with 17 from the mainland, four from Hong Kong, and four more from Taiwan. Alibaba’s Jack Ma, who has led the list of the region’s richest since 2015, continues his reign with a $37.4 billion net worth that also puts him in the number 7 spot for tech tycoons globally.
Behind Jack Ma is, of course, Tencent’s Ma Huateng – also known as Pony Ma – whose $36.7 billion fortune, built on the popular messaging app WeChat and the incredibly successful “League of Legends” video game developed by American acquisition Riot Games, very nearly rivals his Alibaba counterpart.
China is also home to Zhou Qunfei, the richest self-made woman on the planet, who, as CEO for Lens Technology commands a net worth of $10.2 billion, much of which was built by supplying glass screens for Apple’s iPhone. Biel Crystal’s Lam Wai Ying, who owns a similar, Hong Kong-based glass making company with her husband, also made the list.
Outside of China, Samsung’s Lee Kun-Hee and his son Jay Y. Lee – both of South Korea – took the no. 14 and 36 slots respectively, despite the former being hospitalized after a 2014 heart attack and the latter facing prison time for a bribery charge.
Masayoshi Son – Japan’s richest man – puts his country on the list with Softbank, which has its fingers in billions of dollars worth of tech investments spanning robotics, telecommunications, life extension technologies, and more.
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Cover photo: Jack Ma by World Economic Forum on Flickr