Top 100 rich Indians' net worth rises to $250 billion

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The total wealth of India's top 100 rich people rose to $250 billion this year as compared to $221 billion in the previous year, a research report showed.

With personal wealth of $18.9 billion, Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani tops the country's rich list followed by London-based Arcelor Mittal's chief L.N. Mittal with assets of $15.9 billion, according to the second edition of Hurun India Rich List released here Thursday.

Dilip Shanghvi, 58, founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals, India's second largest drug maker, broke into the top three for the first time with a 66 percent surge in his wealth. This rise in stock price was supported by the expected sales of the cancer drug Doxil, following Janssen Pharma Inc's admission of shortage of the drug supply, the report said.

According to the report, 141 individuals in India have personal wealth of $300 million or more. Last year it was only 101 individuals.

In the elite club of 141 super rich people, 101 individuals either retained or increased their wealth and only 40 of them witnessed a decrease in their assets.

Reliance Group chairman Ambani is ranked 11th with a personal wealth of $7.1 billion. His wealth has gone up by 34 percent in the past one year, resulting in promotion of his position by two ranks -- thanks to superb performance of Reliance Communications (a 135 percent jump in share price), the report said.

Men dominate the list with just four percent of it being occupied by women. Steel baroness Savitri Jindal (62), the non-executive chairperson of OP Jindal Group, is the richest Indian woman with a personal fortune pegged at $5.1 billion followed by Indu Jain, 77, chairperson of India's largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Company, with $1.9 billion personal asset.

"Despite a sluggish economic growth of around 5 percent, average net worth of millionaires in Hurun India Rich list 2012 increased by $100 million in 2013, demonstrating the resilience of Indian corporates during these tough times," Anas Rahman Junaid, publisher at large, Hurun Report India, said.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who set up Red Chillies Entertainment, has entered the coveted list having a ranking of 114 and personal assets of $400 million.

"The minimum cut-off mark for finding a place in this year's coveted list was $300 million. Wealth calculations are a snapshot of Oct 18, 2013 when the rate of exchange to the US dollar was Rs.61.5," the report said.

Manufacturing continued to be the main source of wealth in India with 17 percent of the rich list, followed by pharmaceuticals and real estate, which have both seen their percentages drop slightly to 11 percent and 9 percent, down from 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

While Mumbai continues to be the capital for India's super rich, its dominance has dwindled to 33 percent from 36 percent last year. Ditto with Delhi and Bangalore, whose percentage of the richest individuals reduced to 16 percent and 11 percent, respectively, down from 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

Nine percent of India's super rich reside in Dubai.

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