The number of billionaires in Taiwan rose to 38 in the 2015 Forbes Billionaires list, up from 28 in 2014. Snack food king Tsai Eng-meng, chairman of the Want Want group, retained his position at the top of the list despite dropping from US$9.5 billion to US$8.9 billion in total wealth and falling to 147 from 130 in the global rankings. With wealth totaling US$6.1 billion, Terry Gou of Apple supplier Hon Hai rose to second from third last year, following the death of Fubon chairman Tsai Wan-tsai. Tsai’s sons Daniel and Richard both entered the list for the first time with estimated wealth of US$3 billion each.
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