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Chearavanonts again top Forbes list as wealth soars for rich Thais

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Chearavanonts again top Forbes list as wealth soars for rich Thais

By The Nation




Thailand’s richest saw their collective wealth surge to more than US$162 billion, up one-third from the previous year, according to the Forbes Thailand Rich List 2018.


Among the top 50 richest on the list, two-thirds saw their wealth rise, with the top four alone adding close to $25 billion.


The list can be viewed at www.forbes.com/thailand and www.forbesthailand.com as well as in the May issues of Forbes Asia and Forbes Thailand.


After a subdued spell, Thailand’s economy is gathering momentum, Forbes noted. 


With rising exports and a recovery in domestic demand, the World Bank has forecast that, for the first time since 2012, Thailand’s economic growth will exceed 4 per cent in 2018. 


Relative to this modest upturn, the nation’s richest are enjoying a disproportionate wealth boom, spurred by stock market gains and a stronger baht.


The top four on the list are the year’s biggest dollar gainers, with the Chearavanont brothers of the Charoen Pokphand Group retaining the No 1 spot with a record $30 billion. 


Their wealth got a boost from soaring shares of their key holdings, such as 7-Eleven operator CP All, which benefited from an uptick in sales, and Chinese insurer Ping An, whose fintech bets are paying off.


Taking the second spot on the list is the Chirathivat family of Central Group, who saw their wealth rise to $21.2 billion, up from $15.3 billion last year. 


Red Bull owner Chalerm Yoovidhya and his clan took the No 3 spot on the list as their wealth increased by $8.5 billion to $21 billion this year.


Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi (No 4, $17.4 billion) of Thai Beverage saw his fortune increase by $2 billon from a year ago.


Another big winner is Aloke Lohia (No 9), whose wealth surged 89 per cent to $3.3 billion this year. Since 2014, his prolific deal-making saw his Indorama Ventures net 16 acquisitions across the globe, including in Europe and North America. For 2017, his company reported a 17 per cent jump in revenue to $8.4 billion.


Reflecting rising prosperity, there are $32-billion-plus fortunes on this year’s list, four more than in 2017. There are four new names, including two newly minted billionaires who join the ranks after taking their companies public. 


US-educated Sarath Ratanavadi (No 7), CEO of Gulf Energy Development, which listed in December, is the richest newcomer with $3.4 billion.


Prachak Tangkaravakoon (No 14) makes his debut on the list with a net worth of $2.1 billion. 


The other two new listees are from Thailand’s buoyant beauty industry. They are Suwin and Tanyapon Kraibhubes (No 40) of Beauty Community with a combined net worth of $715 million and Sarawut Pornpatanaruk (No 45, $675 million), whose Do Day Dream is cashing in on the skin-whitening craze.


Of the nine women who feature in the top 50, there are two returnees this year, including matriarch Somporn Juangroongruangkit (No 28, $1.3 billion), chairman of auto parts group Thai Summit.


Another notable woman to make the list is shipping heiress Nishita Shah Federbush (No 32, $1.06 billion), who helms the GP Group and saw her family’s fortune cross $1 billion for the first time. Much of the gain was due to the family’s 51-per-cent stake in listed pharma unit Mega Lifesciences, founded by her father Kirit in 1982.



Chearavanont brothers, US$30 billion

Chirathivat family, $21.2 billion 

Chalerm Yoovidhya, $21 billion

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, $17.4 billion

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, $5.2 billion

Krit Ratanarak, $3.7 billion

Sarath Ratanavadi, $3.4 billion

Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, $3.35 billion

Aloke Lohia, $3.3 billion 

Vanich Chaiyawan, $3 billion


The list was compiled using shareholding and financial information obtained from the families and individuals, stock exchanges and analysts, the Stock Exchange of Thailand and regulatory agencies. 


The list encompasses family fortunes, including those shared among extended families of multiple generations. Public fortunes were calculated based on stock prices and exchange rates as of April 20.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30344532

-- © Copyright The Nation 2018-05-03

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Well after they are gone, they will only be remembered because of their wealth not because they did anything else remarkable.

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47 minutes ago, KiwiKiwi said:

"Otherwise its just an organised crime syndicate running the country",


Same as it ever was, has been for decades and the Godfather is...?

yes and from these chinese families could be a few new godfathers with the state godfather behind them over in the motherland

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Same everywhere 40% in abject poverty pays for super rich and the mushrooming cloud of trinket inventers.  

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10 hours ago, Expatthailover said:

Yes its terrible that wealth is so disproportionately shared in thaialnd whereas the rest of the world is a utopian egalitarian paradise where EVERYONE has an account in the cayman islands and a yacht moored in the bahamas.


The disparity in wealth distribution is far more skewed than it is in, for instance, the UK:


55% of wealth shared among top 1% in Thailand.


45% of wealth shared among top 10% in UK.


At the other end of the scale:


8.7% of wealth shared among bottom 50% in UK.


5.7% of wealth shared among bottom 60% in Thailand.


(UK sources "The Equality Trust")


Just one of the reasons that your dream life in the tropics ("ExpatlovestheThailifehegets".......living on the backs of other peoples poverty) is built on a powder keg.






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