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Dhanin Chearavanont of the Charoen Pokphang Group heads the list of eleven Thai’s that have made it into the 2014 Forbes billionaires list. He was ranked 97th in a group of 1,645 people from around the globe whose net worth amounts to more than US$1 billion. This makes him the richest Thai with a net worth of $11.4 billion US dollars, or BT370 billion. Last year he was ranked 58th with assets worth $14.3 billion.
Keeree Kanjanapas, Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, Krit Ratanarak, Vanich Chaiyawan and Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi also made it onto the list, along with the Thaksin Shinawatra family, with their net worth of $1.6 billion, the magazine says that after being ousted in the 2006 coup, Thaksin managed to recover close to $1 billion of his $2.3 billion frozen assets.
Others on the list include The rest are Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Surin Upatkoon and Thongma Vijitpongpun. Aloke Lohia, chief of Indorama Ventures, was the last on the list with net worth of $1.1 billion.
Bill Gates has reclaimed his title of the richest person title from telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico. Gates net worth is $76 billion.
Forbes found 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion a year ago. Among them, 268 were new 10-figure fortunes, including 42 new female billionaires, another record. In total, there are 172 women on the list, more than ever before and up from 138 last year.
Thanks to the technology boom and strong stock market, the United States once again leads the world with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. But wealth is spreading to new places. Forbes found billionaires for the first time in Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda.
Thai Billionaires list
Dhanin Chearavanont 11.4
Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi 9
Vanich Chaiyawan 3.65
Krit Ratanarak 2.8
Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth 1.75
Thaksin Shinawatra & family 1.6
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 1.5
Keeree Kanjanapas 1.35
Surin Upatkoon 1.3
Thongma Vijitpongpun 1.15
Aloke Lohia 1.1