The world has some more billionaires, and they come from countries new to that game. It’s the BRICs: “Brazil, Russia, India and China produced 108 of the 214 new names.”
Interesting historical note: “Before this year only the U.S. had ever produced more than 100 billionaires. China now has 115 and Russia 101.”
Interesting global note: “The [Asia-Pacific] region now has a record 332 billionaires, up from 234 a year ago and 130 at the depth of the financial crisis in 2009.”
If the world is straddled by an oligarchy, those oligarchs are diffusing around the world in new ways.