Famous Chinese Entrepreneurs

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 1 Jack Ma

Jack Ma
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Famous As: Chinese business magnate
Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hangzhou, China
Jack Ma’s journey from being a tourist guide to establishing the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba is inspirational. Initially rejected by various companies, he is the second-wealthiest person in China as of 2020. After quitting his post of executive chairman of Alibaba in 2019, he focused on philanthropy and environmental causes. 

 2 Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng
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Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chaoyang, Shantou

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

 3 Stanley Ho

Stanley Ho
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: British Hong Kong
Died: May 26, 2020

Known as the King of Gambling, Stanley Ho built the biggest casino empire in Asia. Through his flagship firm SJM Holdings, he owned 19 casinos in Macau. He singlehandedly transformed the former Portuguese colony of Macau to a bustling gambling hub. He had 17 children from his four wives.

 4 Ren Zhengfei

Ren Zhengfei
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Famous As: CEO of Huawei
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zhenning Buyei and Miao Autonomous County, Anshun, China

Ren Zhengfei is a Chinese engineer and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Huawei, the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones and the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. He also serves as the CEO of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. In 2005, Ren Zhengfei was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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 5 Wang Jianlin

Wang Jianlin
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Famous As: Business Magnate
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mianyang

Wang Jianlin is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.  He is the founder of the Chinese multinational conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group. Beginning his career as an army man, he entered real estate development after leaving the military, gradually expanding his business ventures. One of the richest men in China, he is also a generous philanthropist. 

 6 Vincent Tan

Vincent Tan
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Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia

Vincent Tan is a Malaysian Chinese investor and businessman. He is credited with founding Berjaya Corporation Berhad, a Malaysia-based corporation that operates a wide range of businesses. In 2010, Tan was named in the Forbes' billionaire list. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Vincent Tan founded the Better Malaysia Foundation, which grants scholarships and interest-free loans to students in need.

 7 Zhou Youguang

Zhou Youguang
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Famous As: Chinese economist and linguist
Birthdate: January 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Changzhou, Jiangsu, Qing dynasty Qing Empire
Died: January 14, 2017

Best remembered for creating a new writing system that allows Mandarin to be written in Roman alphabets, Chinese economist Zhou Youguang started working on the project in 1955, reaching his goal after three years of labor. Known as Father of Pinyin, he has also authored forty books, most notable among them being The Historical Evolution of Chinese Languages and Scripts.

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 8 Zhang Xin

Zhang Xin
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Famous As: chief executive officer, entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing

 9 Daniel Zhang

Daniel Zhang
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Famous As: Chief executive officer
Birthdate: January 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 10 John Gokongwei

John Gokongwei
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Xiamen, Republic of China
Died: November 9, 2019

John Gokongwei began supporting his family as a street peddler at 13, after his father’s death. The billionaire Filipino businessman is the owner of JG Summit. Over the course of his successful business career, he has owned a host of businesses, from a corn-milling plant to an instant coffee brand.

 11 Ken Xie

Ken Xie
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Ken Xie was born to academic parents who wanted him to be a professor. The Stanford alumnus studied engineering and ventured into entrepreneurship instead, co-founding the cybersecurity firms Fortinet and Netscreen. The billionaire businessman was named to Forbes 400 in 2020. He is the father of fashion influencer Jaime Xie.

 12 Joseph Lau

Joseph Lau
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Famous As: Hong Kong billionaire
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Former CEO of Chinese Estates, Hong Kong businessman and real-estate magnate Joseph Lau is an art lover, too, and owns art work worth at least a billion dollars. He was convicted of bribery and sentenced to prison but remains a fugitive due to extradition issues between Macau and Hong Kong.

 13 Morris Chang

Morris Chang
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ningbo, Chekiang, China

Though Morris Chang initially aspired to be a writer, he was discouraged by his father from pursuing writing as a career option. The Stanford and MIT alumnus became an engineer instead. The IEEE Medal of Honor winner is known for establishing the world’s first silicon foundry, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

 14 Lucy Peng

Lucy Peng
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Wanzhou, Chongqing, China

One of the 21 self-made women billionaires in China, Peng Lei worked as a teacher before co-founding Alibaba Group with her husband Sun Tongyu and Jack Ma. Later, she founded Alibaba’s affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, operating one of the largest mobile and online payments platforms Alipay, quickly expanding her business worldwide and increasing the company valuation to $60 billion.

 15 Li Yonghong

Li Yonghong
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Famous As: Former owner of A.C. Milan
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huazhou, Guangdong, China

 16 Ohno Taiichi

Ohno Taiichi
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China
Died: May 28, 1990

Japanese businessman and industrial engineer Ohno Taiichi is remembered for his efforts toward the reduction of muda, or waste, and the implementation of the kanban, or just-in-time system in Toyota. His popular books on manufacturing include Toyota Production System and Just-in-Time for Today and Tomorrow.

 17 Lim Goh Tong

Lim Goh Tong
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Famous As: entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 28, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anxi County
Died: October 23, 2007

Malaysian-Chinese businessman Lim Goh Tong is best known for transforming Genting Highlands in Malaysia to a bustling hub of gambling, with a world-class casino resort. His memoir, My Story – Lim Goh Tong, speaks about his struggle from being a machine trader to a successful entrepreneur.

 18 Gu Kailai

Gu Kailai
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Famous As: Chinese lawyer
Birthdate: November 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: China

Gu Kailai is best known as the second wife of CCP Politburo member Bo Xilai. Daughter of Gu Jingsheng, a CCP bureaucrat, Gu served as a lawyer and wrote two bestsellers, before being convicted of killing a British businessman named Neil Heywood. Her death sentence was later commuted to life.

 19 Lü Buwei

Lü Buwei
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 0235 AD
Birthplace: Zhao, China
Died: 0291 AD

Lü Buwei was a Chinese politician and businessman of the Qin state. He played a major role in helping Zhuangxiang become the heir apparent to the throne. Subsequently, Lü Buwei was appointed as the chancellor when Zhuangxiang ascended the throne. Over the years, he has been portrayed in many films, such as The Emperor and the Assassin.

 20 Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guangzhou, China

A long time champion of Hong Kong’s prodemocracy movement, Jimmy Lai is also an established entrepreneur, founder of clothing retailer Giordano, media company Next Digital and popular newspaper Apple Daily. A prominent critic of Chinese Communist Party, he became the first high-profile figure to be charged under the new national security law and eventually sentenced to additional fourteen months' imprisonment.

 21 Tung Chee-hwa

Tung Chee-hwa
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 7, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Son of shipping magnate and Orient Overseas founder C.Y. Tung, Tung Chee-hwa was educated in Hong Kong, Britain, and the U.S. before taking over the leadership of his family business. He later became the chief executive of Hong Kong and is still known as the “kingmaker” of Hong Kong’s politics.

 22 Li Ning

Li Ning
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liuzhou, China

Legendary Chinese gymnast Li Ning not only has 3 Olympic gold medals in his kitty but is now also a billionaire entrepreneur and the owner of a self-titled sports apparel and equipment brand. Starting training at age 8, he later earned the unofficial title of the Prince of Gymnastics in China.

 23 An Wang

An Wang
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Famous As: Co-founder of Wang Laboratories
Birthdate: February 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China,
Died: March 24, 1990

Born in Shanghai, An Wang studied electrical engineering before moving to Harvard to get his PhD. The Wang Laboratories co-founder is remembered for inventing the magnetic core memory, which was the main component of computers till the invention of the microchip. He also developed many word-processing systems.

 24 Rebiya Kadeer

Rebiya Kadeer
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Famous As: human rights activist, businessperson
Birthdate: January 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Altay

Uyghur businesswoman and human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, who was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, was initially a housewife. Following her divorce, she opened her laundry business, which developed into a women’s bazaar. She was later arrested for revealing sensitive information but escaped to the U.S.

 25 Lee Shau-kee

Lee Shau-kee
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Banker, Businessperson
Birthdate: January 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shunde District

 26 H.H. K'ung

H.H. K'ung
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: September 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanxi, China
Died: August 16, 1967

H. H. Kung was a Chinese politician and banker best known as the husband of Soong Ai-ling, one of the Soong sisters. Kung was highly influential in formmulating the economic policies of the Nationalist government in the 1930s and 1940s.

 27 T.V. Soong

T.V. Soong
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: December 4, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: April 26, 1971

Born to industrialist Charlie Soong, T.V. Soong was educated at Harvard. He initially funded the Nationalist Party and set up the Central Bank of China. He later served as the foreign minister and finance minister of China. He choked to death on a piece of chicken at a dinner party.

 28 Vivien Yeo

Vivien Yeo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 29 Gerald Chan

Gerald Chan
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Famous As: American billionaire who run the Hang Lung Group.
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 30 Li Ruigang

Li Ruigang
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 31 Nina Wang

Nina Wang
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 29, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: April 3, 2007

 32 George Zho

George Zho
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Famous As: Founder of Transsion and Tecno Mobile
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: China

 33 Xu Ming

Xu Ming
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Famous As: businessperson
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dalian
Died: December 4, 2015

 34 Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: August 23, 1994

 35 Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie

Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: June 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
Died: August 25, 1993

 36 Wang Laichun

Wang Laichun
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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Shenzhen, China

 37 Yang Bin

Yang Bin
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Nanjing, China

 38 Zhang Jian

Zhang Jian
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 1, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haimen county, China
Died: July 17, 1926

Apart from being an entrepreneur, Zhang Jian was also a social reformer. Starting with the Dasheng Cotton Mill, he expanded his business to other sectors, such as oil and shipping. One of the most significant figures of Chinese modernization, he also built schools, clinics, roads, and libraries.

 39 Pocket Sun

Pocket Sun
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: China

Chinese entrepreneur Pocket Sun gained international attention when she founded SoGal Ventures, the first cross-border female-led venture capital firm. The University of Southern California alumna also leads the SoGal Foundation and Trojan Ventures. At 24, she became one of the youngest to grace the Forbes cover.

 40 Robert Charles Chien

Robert Charles Chien
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Lea Salonga’s Husband
Birthdate: 0000 AD

Robert Charles Chien is an entrepreneur who serves as a managing director for an entertainment software company. He started hogging the limelight after marrying popular Filipina singer and actress, Lea Salonga. The couple met when Salonga was performing in Flower Drum Song.

 41 Vivian Shun-wen Wu

Vivian Shun-wen Wu
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Famous As: Taiwanese businesswoman
Birthdate: December 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wujin, China
Died: August 9, 2008