Billionaires

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Dai Zhikang

Dai’s parents were farmers, and his early years were spent looking after their pigs and cows in Jiangsu province, the fourth of six children.

But Dai’s family were ambitious for him and maintained his schooling. He won a place at Renmin University where he studied finance. The extended family paid his way, although it was hardly a princely sum. His living expenses were just $2.50 a month.  (Read more..)

 

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Liu Yiqian

From the younger generation of super-rich, Liu Yiqian is China’s biggest art collector. 

 

Chinese media have dubbed him “the eccentric Mr Liu” because he wears T-shirts to work and shaves only occasionally, but his investment style suggests he is highly savvy.  (Read more..)

 

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Zheng Yonggang

Zheng Yonggang is unusual amongst China’s top entrepreneurs. 

 

Firstly, his $600m (£377m) fortune was built by taking a state-owned firm into the private sector, whereas most wealth is made from companies started from scratch.  (Read more..)

 

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Zhou Xiaoguang

As a teenager Zhou Xiaoguang hauled a 50kg bag of trinkets around China on night trains selling her wares. Now her company, Neoglory, is the world’s market leader in costume and fashion jewellery.

 

Neoglory once was a simple low-cost manufacturer, churning out cheap rings, bracelets and necklaces.  (Read more..)

 

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Zhu Gongshan

There is little information in the public domain about energy company boss Zhu Gongshan – and one gets the impression he prefers it that way. 

While other billionaires invited me to their offices or even their homes, Zhu preferred to talk in a hotel suite hired solely for the occasion.  (Read more..)

 

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Zong Qinghou

I met Zong Qinghou, by some measures China’s richest man, in his office – an anonymous building near Hangzhou railway station.

 

His company Wahaha has a 15% share of China’s soft drinks market, and sales of nearly a billion dollars a year in children’s clothing.  (Read more..)

 

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