Wealthy Chinese are, on average, 16 years younger than their American counterparts.
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CNPolitics, a Chinese-language news website, recently released this infographic examining the differences between China and America's wealthiest individuals as reported by Forbes Magazine. As the site notes, China's relatively recent economic rise means its wealthy tend to be younger. Perhaps surprisingly for a country where all land legally belongs to the state, China's rich are more likely than their American counterparts to have made their money in real estate. While the data may exclude individuals with undeclared assets -- and thus potentially a number of contenders from both countries -- it does reveal some unique differences between the world's top two economic powerhouses. Here's a translation, with thanks to ChinaFile's David M. Barreda for adapting the graphic.
America's wealthy have more money
Total GDP (in 1 billion USD increments)
America's wealth is distributed more evenly across the country
Entrepreneurs in China's coastal regions have benefited from policies promoting development, and have climbed more quickly into the ranks of the wealthy. The top nine people on Forbes' list of the wealthiest Chinese are from those provinces. In contrast, America's wealthy are spread more evenly throughout the country. Excepting California and New York, there are few significant geographical differences.