72 super rich dead before their time since 2003

Updated: 2011-07-22 10:17

By Gao Qihui (chinadaily.com.cn)

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Since 2003, 72 billionaires in the Chinese mainland have died an unnatural death, the Changchun-based New Culture News reported Friday.

The paper reached such a conclusion after conducting a survey of the public reports of billionaires' deaths over the past eight years.

Among the 72 billionaires, 15 were murdered, 17 committed suicide, seven died from accidents, 14 were executed according to the law and 19 died from diseases.

There were approximately 60,000 people with 100 million yuan in the Chinese mainland at the end of 2010, according to the GroupM Knowledge - Hurun Wealth Report 2011.