Top 20 Richest People In China
China’s economy has been on the rise for decades – and that means that countless numbers of its citizens have seen their net worth go through the roof. From the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, who saw his net worth rise to over $20 billion dollars last year, or Wei Jianjun who sits atop Great Wall Motors, an SUV manufacturer, these individuals have made fortunes by innovating in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Which of course begs the question: who are the richest people in China? Well you’re in luck, we did some digging and here are the Top 20 Richest People in China.
20. Wang Chuanfu – $4.7 billion
Founder of BYD, a Chinese electric car maker, Wang Chuanfu has one more accomplishment of note beyond a net worth of over $4.7 billion: his company BYD counts famous American investor Warren Buffett as a shareholder.
19. Yang Huiyan – $4.9 billion
One of China’s richest women, Yang Huiyan inherited a controlling ownership in real estate developer Country Garden Holdings in 2007 from her father. A notoriously private individual, Yang Huiyan nevertheless continues to do her father proud as a part of the Country Garden organization.
18. William Ding – $4.9 billion
Founder of one of the largest online mobile gaming companies in the world, William Ding comes in at number 18. The company he created, NetEase, is based in China but shares actually trade on the U.S. NASDAQ stock market exchange. NetEase even has a distribution agreement with gaming juggernaut Blizzard Entertainment.
17. Zhang Zhidong – $5.2 billion
A close friend of Tencent founder Ma Huateng, Zhang’s net worth is derived from his stake in the Chinese internet company and for acting as its Chief Technology Officer before he retired in 2014.