<i>26-year-old woman China's richest person</i>
A 26-year-old female property developer tops this year's Forbes list of the richest people in China, grabbing the number one spot with a net worth of 16 billion dollars, the US magazine said Monday.
That amount also makes Yang Huiyan the richest woman in Asia, according to a statement from Forbes.
All 40 people on Forbes Asia's 2007 China Rich List are billionaires, compared with only 15 last year, it said, attributing the rise to a boom in the nation's stock and property markets.
Their combined net worth is 120 billion dollars, up more than three times from last year's 38 billion dollars, it said.
The list was published as China prepares for the opening next week of the 17th Congress of the Communist Party, where the growing gap between rich and poor is likely to be among the top agenda items.