India’s rich list takes a hit due to demonetisation in latest Hurun Report

PM Modi’s demonetisation policy has put a dent in the list of Indian billionaires, according to the Hurun Report.

Demonetisation took 86% of India’s cash out of the system and though the country claims to have thrived in the aftermath despite some bumps on the road, the one percenters have taken a hit. The Hurun Report stated that the combined wealth of the Indian billionaires declined by 1% to US$304 billion. Mukesh Ambani stays put as the richest Indian with an estimated net worth of US$26 billion and is 29th on the global list. 

Mukesh Ambani remains the richest Indian in the world.
Mukesh Ambani remains the richest Indian in the world. Photo courtesy wikimedia

The country now has 100 billionaires, 11 fewer than a year ago, according to an annual ranking of the world's richest people. It has fallen to fourth in the global billionaires’ league, behind the US, China and Germany.

Demographically, the average age of the 100 billionaires is 64. 42 of them live in Mumbai, which also made the list of top 10 cities to live in, followed by New Delhi. 32 Indian billionaires have migrated abroad, with UAE, UK and USA the preferred destinations.

While demonetisation was a blow to most of the country’s richest, the rise in proportion of digital payments gave a timely boost to mobile led to Paytm Chief Executive Vijay Shekhar Sharma joining the billionaires club. There are only nine women on the list, and only one, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, MD of Biocon, is a self-made billionaire.

Established as a research unit in 1999 by British accountant Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun Report Inc is a publishing group based in Shanghai, China.

A list of the top 10 richest people in the world.
A list of the top 10 richest people in the world. Courtesy Hurun


Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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