The 15 richest people in Asia according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are worth more than a cool US$500 billion. And while some of the billionaires occupying the top spots are self-made and created their fortunes themselves, such as Jack Ma, founder of China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba (and owner of the South China Morning Post ); others inherited their wealth from their families like Mukesh Ambani who took over his father’s oil company, Reliance Industries. Read on to learn more about the top 15 richest people from the world’s largest continent, and how they made it big or even bigger. 15. Goh Cheng Liang Net worth: US$22.4 billion Age: 93 Location: Singapore Industry: industrial Source of wealth: self-made; Wuthelam Holdings Net worth year-over-year change: up US$11.3 billion in the last year Goh Cheng Liang founded Wuthelam Holdings, a company that makes paint, in 1974. Based in Singapore, the business operates in 17 countries, including China and India. Nippon Paint Holdings, the largest paint-making company in Japan, joined Wuthelam Holdings in August 2020, cites Bloomberg. Goh is the richest person in Singapore and donated US$1 million to the Singapore Management University to sponsor The Goh Foundation Scholarship, which provides financial help to full time undergraduates. The 16 richest American billionaires revealed – who gives the most back? 14. Qin Yinglin Net worth: US$22.7 billion Age: 55 Location: China Industry: food and beverage Source of wealth: self-made; Muyuan Foodstuff Net worth year-over-year change: up US$13.6 billion in the last year Together Qin Yinglin and his wife Qian Ying founded Muyuan Foodstuff, a pig breeding and pork distribution company. The couple got started in 1992 and the company made US$3 billion in 2019. As a young man, Qin went to Henan Agricultural University where he studied animal husbandry before embarking on the business venture, according to his Forbes Billionaires profile. He is now serving as chairman. Hong Kong’s 15 richest people ranked – on a scale of property to oyster sauce 13. Zhang Zhidong Net worth: US$23.2 billion Age: 48 Location: China Industry: technology Source of wealth: self-made; Tencent Holdings Net worth year-over-year change: up US$7.05 billion in the last year Zhang Zhidong, also known as Tony Zhang, is the co-founder of tech company Tencent Holdings, which provides applications for instant messaging, gaming and virtual payments. Among other things, the company owns Riot Games, developer of the global hit League of Legends . Tencent made US$54.6 billion in 2019. Zhang served as the company’s chief technology officer until he retired in 2014. 12. Takemitsu Takizaki Net worth: US$23.8 billion Age: 75 Location: Japan Industry: technology Source of wealth: self-made; Keyence Net worth year-over-year change: up US$3.02 billion in the last year Takemitsu Takizaki founded Keyence, an Osaka-based company that makes electric sensors for vehicles, electronics firms and food packagers. Some of Keyence’s clients include Toyota, Toshiba and Volkswagen. Takizaki served as the company’s chairman until 2015 when he stepped down, but he remains on Keyence’s board. Revealed: Thailand’s 5 richest billionaires … after King Rama X, of course 11. Pang Kang Net worth: US$26.7 billion Age: 62 Location: China Industry: food and beverage Source of wealth: self-made; Foshan Haitian Flavouring & Food Net worth year-over-year change: up US$13.9 billion in the last year Pang Kang runs the soy sauce supplier Foshan Haitian Flavouring & Food. Based in China’s Guangdong province, the food company made US$2.9 billion in 2019, just five years after going public. To give you an idea of its scale, Foshan Haitian makes more than 200 different condiments, including oyster sauce, vinegar and chicken stock. 10. He Xiangjian Net worth: US$27.6 billion Age: 78 Location: China Industry: consumer Source of wealth: self-made; Midea Group Net worth year-over-year change: up US$3.99 billion in the last year He Xiangjian founded Midea Group, a company that exports air conditioners and produces appliances such as heaters and washing machines. He started the business in 1968 producing plastic lids and built it into one of the largest appliance companies in the world. He stepped down from Midea’s operations in 2012 and his son, He Jianfeng, now serves as one of Midea’s directors. 9. Hui Ka-yan Net worth: US$28.4 billion Age: 62 Location: China Industry: real estate Source of wealth: self-made; China Evergrande Group Net worth year-over-year change: down US$1.67 billion in the last year Hui Ka-yan serves as chairman of China Evergrande Group, a property development company that builds in nearly 300 cities across China. Hui founded the company in 1996 after 10 years working in a steel factory. Impressively, Hui took the company public the following decade. The world’s 25 wealthiest family business empires ranked 8. Yang Huiyan Net worth: US$28.6 billion Age: 38 Location: China Industry: real estate Source of wealth: inherited Net worth year-over-year change: up US$1.71 billion in the last year Yang Huiyan, the richest woman in Asia and only female on this list, inherited more than half of the stakes of her father’s real estate company, Country Garden Holdings. Yang is currently running the company, which constructs buildings and manages hotels in China as well as Malaysia, including the 2,000-hectare (4,942-acre) Forest City in the country’s Iskandar Development Region. Not content running just one company, Yang also serves as chairwoman of education company Bright Scholar Education Holdings. 7. Li Ka-shing Net worth: US$28.9 billion Age: 92 Location: Hong Kong Industry: real estate Source of wealth: self-made; CK Hutchison Holdings Net worth year-over-year change: down US$757 million in the last year Li Ka-shing, the wealthiest person in Hong Kong, founded CK Hutchison Holdings, a vast business empire with five core businesses including ports, retail, infrastructure, energy and telecommunications. Li also created investment holding company CK Asset Holdings, geared towards his real estate services; a company known in the UK for buying the country’s largest pub retailer and brewer, Greene King, in October 2019. He ran both companies until May 2018, when his son, Victor, took over as chairman. Last year CK Hutchinson made US$38 billion. 6. Tadashi Yanai Net worth: US$30.1 billion Age: 71 Location: Japan Industry: retail Source of wealth: self-made; fast retailing Net worth year-over-year change: down US$631 million in the last year Tadashi Yanai is the richest person in Japan and runs Uniqlo’s parent company, Fast Retailing. Yanai is also the founder and biggest shareholder of the clothing retailer, which happens to be Asia’s largest, according to Yanai’s Bloomberg Billionaires profile. Fast Retailing operates and owns about 1,000 stores. What does he like to spend his money on? Yanai has a couple of golf courses in Maui, Hawaii. 5. William Ding Lei Net worth: US$30.2 billion Age: 49 Location: China Industry: technology Source of wealth: self-made; NetEase Net worth year-over-year change: up US$11.6 billion in the last year William Ding founded NetEase back in 1997 and still runs the Beijing-based internet provider credited with localising popular games like World of Warcraft , Overwatch and Westward Journey. As a result, NetEase is one of the largest internet and video game companies in the world. Aside from gaming, NetEase is the largest provider of free email services in China, provides online tools such as the popular Youdao dictionary, and provides online video and music broadcasting services. 4. Colin Huang Net worth: US$31.4 billion Age: 40 Location: China Industry: technology Source of wealth: self-made; Pinduoduo Net worth year-over-year change: up US$11.8 billion in the last year Colin Huang, also known as Huang Zheng, is the founder and chairman of one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, Pinduoduo. Only founded in 2015, the platform has more than 628 million customers and made US$4.2 billion in 2019, astonishing everyone with the speed of its rise. One of the platform’s defining features is its “team purchasing” model, which allows users to share details of the products they want to buy – be they groceries, clothes or home appliances – to corral friends and others to join them in buying the item to bag all of them a better deal. Before running Pinduoduo, Huang interned at Microsoft and worked at Google, according to his Forbes profile. Huang also founded two other internet-based companies – Xinyoudi, a gaming business, and Ouku.com, another e-commerce platform. Tencent’s Pony Ma or Alibaba founder Jack Ma: who tops China’s rich list? 3. Pony Ma Huateng Net worth: US$54.2 billion Age: 48 Location: China Industry: technology Source of wealth: self-made; Tencent Holdings Net worth year-over-year change: up US$15.6 billion in the last year Pony Ma, also known as Ma Huateng, serves as chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings, the tech company he co-founded alongside Zhang Zhidong, number 12 on this list. Tencent is best known for its instant messaging app WeChat, which has more than a billion users and has transformed the way people do everything in China, from buying cinema tickets to video conferencing, and is part of daily communications on the mainland. The company also has minority stakes in electric car maker Tesla and music-streaming service Spotify. 2. Jack Ma Net worth: US$58.7 billion Age: 55 Location: China Industry: technology Source of wealth: self-made; Alibaba Group Net worth year-over-year change: up US$12.1 billion in the last year Jack Ma, the richest person in China, co-founded Alibaba Group, the country’s largest e-commerce company. Ma served as the company’s executive chairman until he stepped down in 2019. How did Alibaba make him so wealthy? Well, it runs Taobao, an online shopping site, and Tmall, an online store facilitator that are simply so popular, its annual transactions are in the trillions of yuan. Jack Ma offers China’s stranded citizens free access to virus medical advice During China’s midyear “618 shopping festival”, more than 300 celebrities including singers and actors joined live-streaming sessions on Taobao Live, and 600 company presidents used the platform to sell their products. As a result, Taobao hit 2 billion yuan (US$280 million) of sales in just the first 90 minutes after the festival officially launched. Ma also owns stakes in two Chinese entertainment industry firms and an online payment service. A former English teacher, he has recently been in the news because of his widespread donations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 1. Mukesh Ambani Net worth: US$81.5 billion Age: 63 Location: India Industry: energy Source of wealth: inherited Net worth year-over-year change: up US$22.9 billion in the last year Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in India and eighth-richest on the planet, took over as chairman of Reliance Industries when his father, the company’s founder, died in 2002. The late Dhirubhai Ambani was a yarn trader and created Reliance in 1966 as a small textile manufacturer. Today, Reliance Industries is a conglomerate featuring companies working across the energy, petrochemicals, textiles, natural resources, retail, and telecommunications industries. Ambani now owns 42 per cent of it, according to his Bloomberg Billionaires profile. How Mukesh Ambani’s family became India’s very own national icons Ambani also founded Jio, a popular 4G phone service. With so much money, you might wonder what he has decided to spend it on in his spare time. For one, he owns the Mumbai Indians, a professional cricket team, but perhaps his most extravagant purchase is his 27-storey home in India, which is conservatively worth US$1 billion and recognised as one of the most expensive in the world. Six floors are dedicated just to housing his cars. This article originally appeared on Business Insider Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .