,Four new Malaysians were included into the billionaires list this year - the Tan brothers of MR DIY Group (M) Bhd, Westports Holdings Bhd’s Tan Sri G Gnanalingam (pic) and Greatech Technology Bhd co-founder and CEO Tan Eng Kee.
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Record number of billionaires
FORBES magazine’s World’s Billionaires List 2021 released this week revealed a record number of mega wealthy.
The list recorded an unprecedented 2,755 billionaires, up 660 from a year ago, with total worth of a staggering US$13.1 trillion.
A total of 86% of billionaires are richer than they were a year ago, even as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak economic havoc worldwide.
There are also a record high of 493 newcomers to the billionaires club, including 210 from China and Hong Kong and 98 from the US.
The richest newcomer, at US$38.2bil, is Miriam Adelson, who inherited her husband Sheldon Adelson’s casino empire following his death in January.
Four new Malaysians were included into the list this year - the Tan brothers of MR DIY Group (M) Bhd, Westports Holdings Bhd’s Tan Sri G Gnanalingam and Greatech Technology Bhd co-founder and CEO Tan Eng Kee.
Hong Leong Group’s Quek Leng Chan continued to top the list of Malaysian billionaires with an estimated net worth of US$9.7bil.
Globally, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos remained the richest person in the world with US$177bil net worth.
Vincent Tan steps back
TAN Sri Vincent Tan has relinquished his executive role in his flagship Berjaya Corp Bhd, as the founding family began handing over the day-to-day running of sprawling business empire to professional managers led by Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasheed.
Vincent Tan, 69, has remained as chairman of the group.
On Tuesday, Vincent Tan said Jalil, together with his son executive deputy chairman Datuk Seri Robin Tan will be handling the strategic and operational decision-making and planning the future business direction of the BCorp Group.
Once the plan has been put in place and the transformation process stabilised, Robin Tan too will step back into a non-executive role on the board.
Shares in BCorp had surged 150% since Jalil Rasheed, the former boss at Permodalan Nasional Bhd, was named the company’s CEO on March 16.
THE 5G rollout plan has been brought forward by a year, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in its National Digital infrastructure Plan (Jendela) Phase 1 quarterly progress update.