R. Budi and Michael Hartono took top spot on Forbes Asia’s 40 richest Indonesians list for the second straight year with combined wealth of $11 billion, up from $7 billion in 2009, the magazine reported in its December issue.
The brothers derive most of their wealth from holdings in PT Bank Central Asia, Indonesia’s biggest by market value, and own clove-cigarette maker Djarum and palm-oil interests. They cap a list of billionaires and millionaires whose wealth has grown to $71 billion this year from $42 billion last year, Forbes said.
Eka Tjipta, whose family owns palm-oil producer Golden Agri-Resources Ltd., is No. 3 on the list with $6 billion, up from $3.6 billion in 2009, Forbes said. Martua Sitorus, chief operating officer of Wilmar International Ltd., the world’s biggest palm-oil trader, is in fourth place with $3.2 billion compared with $3 billion last year.
Anthoni Salim, head of the Salim Group, came in fifth with $3 billion. Salim is chairman of First Pacific Co. Ltd., which in October raised $700 million in an initial public offering for PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur, the world’s biggest instant- noodle maker.
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