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Five Taiwanese on Forbes list of world's billionaires for 2009

Tsai Eng-meng (fie photo)
Tsai Wan-tsai (file photo)
Lin Rong-san(file photo)
Terry Gou(file photo)

Tsai Eng-meng (fie photo)

Tsai Wan-tsai (file photo)

Lin Rong-san(file photo)

Terry Gou(file photo)

New York, March 11 (CNA) Five Taiwan entrepreneurs have been included on the Forbes magazine 2009 list of the world's billionaires that was released Wednesday.
A total of 793 billionaires from around the world are on this year's list, which is topped by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates with a net worth of US$40 billion.
Among the five Taiwanese on the list, Fubon Group Chairman Tsai Wan-tsai and family rank 183rd with a net worth of US$3.3 billion and Want Want Holdings Chairman Tsai Eng-meng ranks 246th with a net worth of US$2.6 billion.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Chairman Terry Gou ranks 334th with a net worth of US$2 billion; Quanta Computer Chairman Barry Lam ranks 450th with a net worth of US$1.6 billion; and property and media tycoon Lin Rong-san, with a net worth of U$1 billion, ranks 701st along with more than 90 other billionaires from other countries.
Compared with 2008 when there were 1,125 billionaires globally, the number is 332 fewer this year.
According to Forbes, the richest people in the world have seen a contraction of their fortunes this year, with the world's billionaires having an average net worth of US$3 billion, down 23 percent over 12 months.
Among the top three billionaires, Gates lost US$18 billion but regained his title as the world's richest man; Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett saw his fortune decline by US$25 billion and his ranking slip to second; and Mexican telecom titan Carlos Slim Helu also lost US$25 billion, but maintained his spot in the top three.
(By Lillian Lin and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-05-16 04:23 GMT+08:00