Billionaire Bill Koch wins fake wines case

Bill Koch

A US billionaire has won a court case in which he complained that wines costing thousands of dollars a bottle were phony. Bill Koch sued businessman Eric Greenberg over what he said was a batch of fake wine in a US$3.5 million purchase he made at auction.

Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:44am

Hong Kong still the world's most costly city for billionaire homes

'Billionaire' properties in the city average HK$84,400 per sq ft for an average home of 5,200 sq ft

Hong Kong remains the most expensive city in the world for billionaire trophy homes, a report by international property consultancy Savills says. "Billionaire" properties in the city average £7,200 (HK$84,400) per square foot for an average home of 5,200 sq ft, it says.

21 Mar 2013 - 8:36am

Sany Heavy chairman tops Forbes rich list

Liang Wengen, the chairman of Sany Heavy Industry, has again been crowned was crowned China's richest man for the second time in a week as a mainland construction boom helped raise his personal net worth to US$9.3 billion.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

49 new billionaires join ranks of super rich amid IPO frenzy

The initial public offering bonanza and surging stock prices helped the mainland to produce 49 more billionaires this year, with Wahaha Group chairman Zong Qinghou crowned as China's richest man, according to Forbes magazine.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

China's billionaires: 64 and counting

To get rich may be glorious - but glory looks to be increasingly common on the mainland.

12 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Bill Gates

Birthday: October 28, 1955

Nationality: American William Henry Gates III was rated the world's richest person from 1995 to 2007. His personal fortune is estimated at US$56 billion (HK$436 billion).

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Billionaires and graces

Much has been written recently about the new crop of Asian billionaires. But it's no great shakes for India that the world's fifth richest man - steelmaker Lakshmi Mittal - is an Indian. That's because another Indian, the seventh Nizam, or ruler, of Hyderabad - Mir Osman Ali Khan - was for many years in the past century reckoned to be the world's richest.

28 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Softbank's Son fails to pass solid-gold Gates

Softbank founder Masayoshi Son's net worth has tripled in the past year to make him the world's eighth richest billionaire while Microsoft's Bill Gates retains top spot under the latest Forbes magazine survey of the world's top billionaires.

16 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Gates overtakes sultan as world's richest man

Bill Gates has become the first US$50 billion man, overtaking the Sultan of Brunei as the world's richest person.

His net worth jumped 40 per cent from a year ago to US$51 billion (HK$394 billion), an increase of US$475 per second.

22 Jun 1998 - 12:00am