China's prominence on Forbes magazine's hotly watched annual rich list is one of the strongest trends this year, editor Randall Lane told CNBC on Tuesday.
China registered a record 152 billionaires in the 2014 list, up near 25 percent from 122 last year, while Hong Kong clocked up 45, said Forbes.
"That's probably the biggest trend coming out of here... we had a little over 30 newcomers just from mainland China," said Lane.
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"Twenty years ago it was pretty much zero so the growth out of China has been phenomenal and it's increasing every year," he added.
While recent growth in the Chinese economy has been slower than in previous decades, it continues to outpace the U.S. economy, posting growth of 7.7 percent in 2013, over three times that of the U.S.
Wang Jianlin, China's richest person, ranks 64th on Forbes' global rich list with a net worth of $15.1 billion.
He owns 75 department stores, 85 shopping plazas and 51 five star hotels. He bought U.S. movie theater chain AMC Theatres in 2013, and listed it on the New York Stock Exchange in December. The billionaire also flew in celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and John Travolta to help launch an $8 billion mini-Hollywood in Qingdao in September, Forbes reported.