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Robin Lustig | 12:15 UK time, Thursday, 10 March 2011

According to figures collated by the Chinese research group Hurun Report and reported by Bloomberg News, the richest members of China's National People's Congress, the closest thing China has to a parliament, are 15 times wealthier than their US equivalents.

The 70 richest NPC members are said to be worth a total of $75 billion. But the 70 richest members of the US Congress can apparently scrape together a mere $4.8 billion.

The richest member of Congress, Darrell Issa of California, was reported to be worth $451 million in 2009; he was, alas, outstripped by 38 members of the Chinese NPC.

I make no comment; I just thought you'd be interested.

(Hat-tip Isabel Hilton of chinadialogue.net)


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