NEW DELHI: India is home to the fifth largest group of billionaires in the world and Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries BSE -0.02 %, is the countryís richest man with a personal fortune of $18 billion, says a report.
Other noted Indians in the list include Lakshmi N Mittal ranked 49th with a personal net worth of $17 billion.
Dilip Sanghvi of Sun Pharmaceutical IndustriesBSE 0.10 % and Wipro's Azim Premji both ranked 77th with a personal wealth of $13.5 billion each. Tata Sons' Pallonji Mistry ranked 93rd with a personal wealth of $12 billion. SP Hinduja & family was ranked 93rd on the list, with a net worth of $12 billion.
In the global rich list, Gates was followed by Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett (2nd) with a personal wealth of $64 billion and Amancio Ortega of Inditex was ranked 3rd with $62 billion fortune.
The fourth position was claimed by Carlos Slim Helu & family ($ 60 billion) while Oracle's Larry Ellison with $60 billion was ranked fifth.
In the 2014 Hurun global rich list, the country is ranked fifth with 70 billionaires, 17 more than 2013. Interestingly, India has higher number of these super rich individuals than Germany, Switzerland, France and Japan.
The combined wealth of the Indians billionaires comes to a staggering $390 billion.
The United States is home to 481 billionaires, followed by China with 358 billionaires. The U.S. and China now have half of all billionaires on the planet, the report said, adding that the UK, Japan, Switzerland, India and Russia are growing fast in terms of billionaires.
Moreover, Mumbai is home to 33 billionaires and is among the top six billionaire cities in the world. New York is officially the "Billionaire Capital of the World" as 84 of the Hurun Billionaires live in the "Big Apple", up 14 from 70 last year.