As a whole, the Chinese have become more prosperous with the growth of the middle class. Much of China’s wealth, outside of state-owned companies, is the result of entrepreneurial foresight on the part of the business owners who were on the front end of expansion. “China has been the workshop of the world, and the individuals who capitalized on that trend have done very well,” Mykolas Rambus, the CEO of Wealth-X, a wealth research firm, told the BBC.

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