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Wealth-X Reveals: The 10 Wealthiest Real Estate Tycoons

Wealth-X has produced a list of the 10 wealthiest real estate tycoons in the world.

With a combined net worth of US$123 billion, these 10 individuals have made the majority of their fortunes from real estate development, investment or management business. Of these real estate magnates, seven are from Asia; Hong Kong is home to five of the tycoons on the list, while two billionaires hail from China.

Hong Kong’s ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals — defined as those with net assets of at least US$30 million — have a particular affinity for real estate; 9% of the region’s ultra wealthy population made their fortunes through the real estate industry, according to the Wealth-X and UBS World Ultra Wealth Report 2014.

Two Americans were in the top 10, while one Australian billionaire rounded out the rankings at No. 10.

China’s wealthiest man, Jianlin Wang, was No. 1 on the list with a net worth of US$33.7 billion as of April 2016.

Hong Kong’s Kwok brothers — ThomasRaymond and Walter — were No. 7 to 9 on the list. They inherited Sun Hung Kai Properties, one of the largest real estate developers in Hong Kong, in 1990 after the death of their father, Tak-seng Kwok.

Six of the 10 real estate magnates were entirely self-made, building their fortunes from the ground up. Among the world’s self-made UHNW individuals, real estate is the second-most popular industry — at 7.3% of the population — after finance, banking and investment (26.4%), according to the World Ultra Wealth Report 2014. In comparison, real estate was the third-most prominent industry among UHNW individuals with a blend of self-made and inherited wealth, at 8.2%, after finance, banking and investment (17.4%) and industrial conglomerates (12.5%). Among UHNW individuals with purely inherited wealth, real estate wasn’t even in the top five industries.

Top Industries UHNW Individuals - WUWR 2014
Source: World Ultra Wealth Report 2014

Learn more about these real estate tycoons below. Read Manager Magazin’s feature on the list here (in German).

1. Jianlin Wang

Age: 61

Net Worth**: US$33.7 billion

Country of Citizenship: China

Primary Company: Dalian Wanda Group

Wealth Source: Self-Made

2. Shau-Kee Lee

Age: 88

Net Worth: US$19.9 billion

Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Primary Company: Henderson Land Development

Wealth Source: Self-Made

3. Donald Bren

Age: 83

Net Worth: US$17.3 billion

Country of Citizenship: US

Primary Company: Irvine Company

Wealth Source: Self-Made

4. Ka-Yan Hui

Age: 57

Net Worth: US$8.9 billion

Country of Citizenship: China

Primary Company: Evergrande Real Estate Group

Wealth Source: Self-Made

5. Stephen Ross

Age: 75

Net Worth: US$7.9 billion

Country of Citizenship: US

Primary Company: Related Companies

Wealth Source: Self-Made

6. Joseph Lau

Age: 65

Net Worth: US$7.9 billion

Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Primary Company: Chinese Estates Holdings

Wealth Source: Inheritance/Self-Made

7. Thomas Kwok

Age: 64

Net Worth: US$7.2 billion

Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Primary Company: Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP)

Wealth Source: Inheritance

8. Raymond Kwok

Age: 64

Net Worth: US$7 billion

Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Primary Company: Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP)

Wealth Source: Inheritance

9. Walter Kwok

Age: 65

Net Worth: US$6.9 billion

Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Primary Company: Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) as shareholder; founded Empire Group Holdings

Wealth Source: Inheritance

10. Harry Triguboff

Age: 83

Net Worth: US$6.4 billion

Country of Citizenship: Australia

Primary Company: Meriton Group

Wealth Source: Self-Made

**Note: Net worth as of April 14, 2016. Wealth-X’s dossiers for the most notable billionaires have real-time net worth valuations that may fluctuate from day to day based on changes in publicly listed equity share prices and changes in currency exchange rates.

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