At the other end of the scale, the oldest person on the rich list is 96-year old Vichai Maleenont, in 27th position with a US$875 million net worth. He owns broadcaster BEC World. There are four women in the top 50 this year.
Another media mogul growing his base: Vichai Maleenont (No. 7). Revenues from shows and concert like Lady Gaga’s helped his BEC World group outperform expectations. Others did not fare as well. Five fortunes are down including Prachai Leophairatana (No. 39).
Top gainer on the list was Vichai “King Power” Srivaddhanaprabha, whose duty-free airport stores and retail shops are bustling, with group sales up 35 per cent in 2012. He jumping to rank 11 on the rich list from 37 in 2011, with wealth of $1.6 billion.
Not ready to abandon television production, she started making shows for competitor Channel 3, owned by another Thai tycoon, Vichai Maleenont, last year. Surang’s production company Chan 25 is bidding for one of the new high-definition digital channels ...