Many Americans grumble about
the wealth of their politicians, but they are paupers compared with their
Chinese counterparts. The 50 richest members of America's Congress are worth
$1.6 billion in all. In China, the wealthiest 50 delegates to the National
People's Congress, the rubber-stamp parliament, control $94.7 billion. Darrell
Issa, a Republican from California, is the richest man in Congress, with $355m.
China's richest delegate is Zong Qinghou, boss of Hangzhou Wahaha Group, a
drinks-maker, whose wealth is almost $19 billion (including assets distributed
to family). Last year Mr Zong was China's richest man, but was overtaken by
Wang Jianlin, who is not a member of the NPC.