51,000 Chinese qualified to be country's 'new aristocrats'

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Shanghai, July 30 (ANI): There are 51,000 people in China who are qualified to be called "new aristocrats".

That's according to the latest research by Hurun Report, which specializes in tracking the wealthy, reports the China Daily.

If you happen to be living in Beijing, you'd need to have at least 87 million Yuan (13 million dollars) to spend on property, cars and other luxury goods.

That would include a Chinese painting by Li Keran, costing a whopping 4 million Yuan or a 1.5 million Yuan Steinway grand piano.

But a rich man in Shanghai aspiring to join the exclusive club needs to spend only 84 million Yuan to pamper himself.

The Hurun Report includes the qualifications to be upper class in four other cities: Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Shenyang, in descending order of extravagance.

If the Hurun upper-class spending list is any indication, a rich person in Beijing would be living in a 400-square meter mansion in Ziyu Shanzhuang with an average market price of 24 million each. He is likely to be driven to work or play in a 1-million Yuan Mercedes Benz R500 limousine.

To conform to the norm of the super rich in the capital city, this upper-class gentleman is likely to own a 14-million-Yuan Seheyuan courtyard house in Houhai area.

And, of course, he must be a member of the exclusive downtown Chang'an Club, where many big business deals are made. His personal wealth would also include at least 25 million Yuan, managed by some top Swiss private banks.

His Shanghai counterpart lives a slightly more modest life, with a 22-million-yuan home near one of the city's most expensive golf clubs.

The rich person in Shanghai is more likely to drive for pleasure and the car he favors is, of course, a 1.75-million-yuan Porsche. He will, no doubt, have a chauffeur-driven BMW 750LI on hand to take him to business meetings.

Commenting on the report, Hurun noted that escalating property prices in major cities have made the greatest impact on the lifestyle of the country's super rich. They locked a larger portion of their personal wealth in real estate, the report says. (ANI)

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