China’s billionaires

The population of China is over 1.4 billion. Over the past four decades, 800 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty in China. More than half of the Chinese represent the middle class. On the other end of the spectrum, China’s billionaires’ number also got higher. In 2023, there are 969 billionaires in China. What do they excel in?

China’s billionaires

China was the first country to cross the 1,000 mark of billionaires in 2020.

Top 10 Chinese billionaires

Top 10 China Rich 2023 according to the Hurun Research Institute:

  1. Zhong Shanshan (钟睒睒)
    • YST (Nongfu Spring, Wantai Bio)
    • CNY 425bn
    • industry: drinks, pharmaceuticals
    • “Bottled Water King” is China’s richest man and 15th in the world
  2. Ma Huateng (马化腾)
    • Tencent
    • CNY 260bn
    • industry: internet services
    • Tencent owns one of the biggest apps in China, WeChat
  3. Zhang Yiming (张一鸣)
    • ByteDance
    • CNY 250bn
    • industry: social media
    • founder of TikTok, a short-form content platform
  4. Zeng Yuqun (曾毓群)
    • CATL
    • CNY 235bn
    • industry: battery technology
    • CATL is the “Battery King” of the world
  5. Huang Zheng (黄峥)
    • Pinduoduo
    • CNY 210bn
    • industry: e-commerce
    • Huang Zheng earned 5th place thanks to the US expansion
  6. Li Kashing (李嘉诚)
    • Changhe, Changshi
    • CNY 210bn
    • industry: real estate holdings
  7. Ding Lei (丁磊)
    • Neatease
    • CNY 180bn
    • industry: online games, IT
  8. He Xiangjian (何享健)
    • Midea
    • CNY 180bn
    • industry: household appliances, real estate
  9. Ma Yun (马云)
    • Alibaba
    • CNY 170bn
    • industry: e-commerce
  10. Qin Yinglin (秦英林) & Qian Ying (钱瑛)
    • Muyan
    • CNY 155bn
    • industry: food products
No of billionaires in China
Number of China dollar billionaires, 1999-2023, data: Hurun Research Institute

Random facts about rich Chinese

Chinese got rich engaging in businesses such as:

  • 164 Chinese billionaires fell off the list in 2023, the most compared to any other country in the world. Despite this, there are still more of them in China than in the US (about 300 more).
  • The largest number of Chinese billionaires live in Beijing.
  • The number of Chinese women billionaires % is 22.5%.
  • The largest wealth is generated by enterprises in the consumer goods sector (11.35%), followed by industrial enterprises (11.25%). They are closely followed by real estate (10.84%).