Our annual ranking of Asia's 100 richest families

Thanks to their higher tolerance for risk, Asia's wealthiest paid themselves a record $8.6 billion in dividends last year, according to FinanceAsia's September cover story.

Retirement is a dirty word for many of Asia's tycoons. Rather than taking time out to spend their hard-earned cash, the region's ultra-rich are still hard at work earning more.

In Asia, in many instances, the patriarch or creator of the wealth is still alive and still driving decision-making, said Joe Field, a New York-based senior international partner at law firm Withers, which specialises in advice for high-net-worth individuals.

Indeed, almost half of the founders on our list of the...

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