Three Portuguese make Chinese list of richest billionaires

A list of the world’s richest people published by China-based wealth research firm Hurun has included three Portuguese billionaires – Américo Amorim, Alexandre Soares and Belmiro de Azevedo.

Amorim, the main shareholder of fuel company GALP, is the highest placing (383rd) billionaire in Portugal, with an estimated fortune of €3.8 billion.

He is followed by Alexandre Soares (792nd), the owner of the Jerónimo Martins retail group, who has a €2.1 billion fortune.

Sonae owner Belmiro de Azevedo is placed 1145th with his €1.6 billion empire.

The Hurun Report claims China now has 568 billionaires versus the United States’ 535, giving it the largest population of billionaires in the world.

But American news website doubts this, saying: “Hurun’s numbers are subject to some debate, as they differ from those of Forbes and other wealth research firms, which still put the US far ahead of China when it comes to billionaires.”

The list is headed by Bill Gates ($80 billion), followed by American investor Warren Buffet ($68 billion) and the Spanish owner of clothing chain Zara, Amancio Ortega ($64 billion).