Asia, home to some of the world's fastest growing markets and economic powerhouses, has also seen a boom in those rising to the ranks of the super wealthy.
The continent overtook North America two years ago as home to the most millionaires, according to a study by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.
Some have ridden the economic wave and expanded an inherited fortune, but there are many others who have engineered dramatic turnarounds, starting from scratch to create billionaire empires.
We have compiled a list of Asia's 10 richest first-generation businessmen from data provided by Wealth-X, a research firm that tracks the world's super rich. The total wealth of these top 10 Asian entrepreneurs is more than $110 billion. The net worth figures are based on public and private holdings and other assets as of March 1.
Click ahead to find out who these self-made billionaires are and how they made their money.
By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
(Posted May 10, 2013)