Here’s a bit of quick insight into some of China’s most successful tycoons as they are photographed in their habitats of work (Chen Guangbiao unfortunately not included, but we think we have a pretty good idea of what his space looks like).
Liu Chuanzhi, the founder of Lenovo stands in his office in Beijing. Lenovo was founded as a small computer sales company in a shack near the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. Now, its the world’s second largest PC maker.
Zong Qinghou, the founder of Hangzhou Wahaha Group, the leading beverage company in China, sits in his office amongst his beverages in Hangzhou. His company has generated over US$7.9 billion annual sales revenue and is China’s second richest man.
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, sits in his office in Hangzhou. The leading e-commerce website serves more than 65 million members from more than 240 countries and territories.
Zhu Qingshi, the founding president of South University of Science and Technology of China, stands outside the gate of the university. As China’s first self-governed university, SUSTC was established in Shenzhen and is considered as a pioneering project in China’s higher education reform.
Wang Youde, known as China’s “warrior of the sands”, stands at the edge of Mu Us Desert in Ningxia. Wang has been fighting the deserts in Ningxia since 1985 and is famous for planting 30,000 mu of trees every year to prevent desertification.
Wang Zhidong, the founder of Sina.com, stands at Tsinghua University Science Park. Sina has now become one of the largest Chinese-language infotainment web portals and in 2000, the company went public on the US NASDAQ market.
Dong Mingzhu, the vice-chairwoman and president of Gree, sits in an exhibition hall in Zhuhai. Dong started working for Gree as a saleswoman and slowly rose to sales manager to sales director to general manager and eventually becoming the president. The company is now one of the largest household appliances producers in China.
Hou Weigui, the president of ZTE Group, stands at an exhibition hall in Shenzhen. The group used to be a small local company focusing on semiconductor products but now is the world’s fifth-largest telecom equipment supplier.
Tai Lihua, the director of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, stands in the hall of the Art Troupe in Beijing. As the most famous deaf dancer in the country she was nominated the director in 2006.
[via China.org // Images via Xinhua]