Business tycoon Salman F Rahman has been placed on the billionaires list
of Hurun Gobal, a Beijing-based research organisation that tracks the world’s wealthiest people.
Hurun Global released the Rich List 2017 on March 7, ranking 2,257 US dollar billionaires in the world.
Salman, the vice-chairman of Beximco Group and also private sector development affairs adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been ranked 1685th on the list.
With assets worth about $1.3bn, he has become the first Bangladeshi to be on such a list.
However, a statement from the billionaire's publicist disagrees with the worth of assets in Salman's possession.
The statement, quoting Salman, reads: "I am not sure how they valued my assets. But I can confirm that I do not own assets worth the said amount ($1.3bn) of money. Probably somewhat close to that amount."
He established Beximco Group in 1972 and currently has investments on pharmaceuticals and textiles.