Dai ZhiKang

Only 49 years old but already super rich and super smart and a net worth of $1.2 billion.  Dai Zhi Kang isn’t just your ordinary rich man, he is what they called, a modern and sophisticated business man who believe in repaying his debts.  Coming from a humble background, Dai was said look after pigs and cows during his younger days.

Dai earned his place in the university and his family encouraged him to pursue his dream and so finance he went into when he was in the university. After school, he paid the extended family for their support in his university and went into the government service but very quickly went into banking instead.

He then went into the property market but things didn’t go well as his business failed but that didn’t stop him from trying again and repaying all his creditors.  He became a little more shrewd in his business dealings and the rest is history as you all know.  And he is an avid collector of the modern chinese art.  I would love to see his collection if I can get a chance.

Zong Qinghou

Zong Qinghou is a man I truly admired – who made his wealth from very humble beginnings and if there is one story that everyone would like to hear about, it would be this one.  From making only $8 a month in China, this man now wears the best prescription eye glasses in the world because he is a billionaire but a very low keyed one who believes in being frugal unless necessary.

From being so broke that he had to sleep in a tunnel, this man can afford just about any luxurious hotel in Beijing.  This billionaire sells soft drinks and milk in China and is net-worth at $20.1 billion.  He eats with his employees and dresses down and strongly believes in helping others get rich since he has already made it in life.   Climbing from the bottom to the top – is what everyone wants to know – the inside story.

Shi Zhengrong

Shi is the CEO of Suntech Power in China – born and raised in China – he graduated from the University of NSW.  At a networth of US$2.9 billion, he is not only successful but very rich – in fact one of the richest man in China.  Although he has a citizenship in Australia – Shi chose to go home and set up his solar power company in China. And even though he doesn’t stay in Australia permanently, we see that he had donated funds for renewable energy research to his Alma Mater.   In 2008, TIME Magazine named Shi as the Heroes of the Environment.

Coming from humble beginnings, Shi’s family endure hardship due to famine and his younger brothers and himself  were given up for adoption.  But Shi excelled with his adopted parents and when he graduated with honors his adopted parents thank the teachers with a huge banquet fit for a king.   He then left for NSW to seek full time work but was given a scholarship to do solar research.   The rest they said is history – Shi definitely made his adopted parents proud and China is brought forth in the world economic forum because of him.

Sun Ming Ming

Known as the tallest basket ball player – Sun Ming Ming is 7 ft 9″ – born in China in 1983 – he started playing basketball when he was a teenager.  He wanted a dream career playing basketball for the NBA but didn’t get drafted but found out that he had a benign brain tumor instead.  Since he had no insurance – and would have considered some insurance which i doubt any insurance company would have taken him in at that time – therefore a $100K medical bill was almost impossible to get.   But his sport agent – did the impossible and raised money for the surgery and was successful removed.  I don’t know if he would still be considered high risk for any insurance company now – but I know that there are insurance company who takes people with diabetes and other high risk cases – so hopefully – after that surgery – he would have gotten himself some insurance.

Anyhow, Sun did not make it to play any major league but was in some minor ones – he continued to strive and work harder in his move while in Japan – he also had 67 dunks in 49 games.  He also appeared in several movies alongside veteran actor – Jackie Chan and famous ones like Chris Tucker and like he said – whether he was playing for Japan or United States – he would still do his best but he rather play basketball.  I liked Sun Ming Ming’s attitude and how focus he is even though he is so young.

Wu Yi

Title : Vice Premier/Minister of Health

Born : 1938

Birthplace : Wuhan, China

For a woman to be successful in China.. it’s really tough.. and for one to be a Vice Premier and Minister of Health.. now that has gotta take alot more than tough.. eh..??  Having risen up the ranks of China’s Communist Party leadership since 1962, Wu Yi, 66, became a member of the Central Committee in 2002, adding the post of minister of health in 2003. Wu Yi has been busy this year as she helps China battle disgruntled textile manufacturers, due to the lifting of World Trade Organization quotas. In a bold June speech in Hong Kong, Wu Yi called for an end to politicizing economic issues. One key move by her country should help here. Bowing to international pressure, in July China revalued the yuan by a modest 2.1%, scrapping the yuan’s ten-year-old peg to the U.S. dollar and replacing it with a tightly managed float against a basket of unspecified foreign currencies, in which the dollar will likely occupy a prominent place.

Li Rong Rong

Heads government agency that controls China’s 150-plus state-owned enterprises; together, they had revenues of more than $2 trillion last year. Expected to increase dominance in Chinese industries: energy, resources, transportation, telecom. Expand abroad, too: “We must encourage our top enterprises to go out and enter overseas markets and expand their business.” Just in time for Copenhagen: Announced SOEs must cut industrial output by 20% and greenhouse gases 10% from 2005 levels by 2010.

Mr. Li Rongrong, senior engineer, born in 1944 at Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, joined the Communist Party of China in December 1983. He has a bachelor’s degree.

Since 1963, he studied in Tianjin University majoring in electrochemistry engineering. From 1968 to 1986, he served successively as worker, workshop chief, deputy director and director of the factory.

In 1986, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of Wuxi Municipal Economic Commission, Jiangsu Province. Then he successively held the posts of Director of Wuxi Municipal Light Industry Bureau, Chairman of Wuxi Municipal Planning Commission, and Vice Chairman of Jiangsu Planning and Economic Commission.

Word’s Most Powerful Person

Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people, one-fifth of world’s population. Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor Internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts. Recently surpassed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world’s largest economy in 25 years–although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis. Creditor nation oversees world’s largest reserves at $2.65 trillion–$1.5 trillion of which is in U.S. dollar holdings. Refuses to kowtow to U.S. pressure to change its exchange-rate regime. Heads world’s largest army (in size). His handpicked successor, Xi Jinping, set to assume the presidency in 2012.

Yu Peng Nian

Amazingly generous – Yu Peng Nian – 88 yrs of age – gave everything away last month – to a foundation – he established 5 yrs ago.  I’m sure it rocked China – in a huge way -= what this philanthropist did.  Coming from a poor background but now a real – estate magnate – who would think that he would not leave anything for his family but to aid his pet causes – student scholarships, reconstruction after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and paying for operations for those like him who suffer from cataracts.  His total donation is entirely what he had  3.2 billion yuan (about $500-million).

Mr Yu was asked if his children were upset about his donation?  in which he had replied that if they were capable – they would have made their own fortune.  He also made sure that none of his donation will ever get inherited.  Harsh perhaps..?  or eccentric like he is well – known for ?  As a multi-millionaire i hear he doesn’t really display his wealth but chose to live in a hotel – his own perhaps..and eat in the restaurant like the rest of the people.

Mr. Yu, who is ranked the 432nd richest person in mainland China, has topped the Hurun Report lists of the country’s top philanthropists four years running – and will certainly do so again this year – leading by example as the idea of large-scale giving has quietly taken hold among a growing number of China’s superwealthy. His rag to riches story is quite inspiring i must say.  A man who doesn’t care what others say but just to make himself happy.  Wished i could say the same too eh.

Robin Li

I was actually looking for rv for sale in China but came across Robin Li instead and thought to myself – wow!  this fella is Asia’s google kingpin.  You know he is the founder of Baidu.com – the equivalent to Google here in the West for China.  So if Google is so successful here in the West and all over the world, you can imagine how successful it had to be for Baidu as well in China .. with millions of people using it.

Born in 1968 – a little younger than I – Robin Li’s parents were factory workers but managed to send him overseas for studies. He was in New York State University and got his masters in computer science 1994.  Worked in US at the Wall Street Journal and then went home and founded Baidu and the rest is what they said history.

Chin Ning Chu

Chin Ning Chu was not only an internationally known speaker but also the best selling author of Asian Mind Game and Thick Face, Black Heart – and if you haven’t read The Art of War for Women – you should hurry out and get one now.  She was also a fashion designer who loves  hip hop clothing and has many talents – this woman amazes me.  Unfortunately she died in 2009 after fighting a long battle with cancer  – she was born in China but grew up in Taiwan before migrating to United States.   I loved her books and I loved the way she helped the Americans understand the Asian culture and to negotiate with the Asian businessmen.  She wore so many hats – it was hard to keep up with her.   She was honored woman of the year and named an all time successful writer before her passing.  Truly amazing woman – if only i was half like her.