China Has 345,000 Millionaires: Study – AFP

From AFP:

China had 345,000 millionaires by the end of last year, the second-most in Asia after Japan, according to a new study by US investment bank Merrill Lynch.

The number of Chinese US dollar millionaires was up 7.8 percent from the year before, helped by a stock market that saw its value soar 130 percent over the 12 months, according to the study, co-authored with consultancy Capgemini.

“The Chinese economy turned in another year of strong performance in 2006, driven by surging exports and rising domestic consumption,” Merrill Lynch executive Francis Liu said in a statement released Wednesday. [Full Text]

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