On the sidelines of the Davos WEF conference, Soho China chief exec Zhang Xin took a moment with CNN to contemplate the state of the country’s economy and discuss being richer than Donald Trump — sort of.
China’s favorite rags to riches success story, Zhang came from inauspicious beginnings, working as a 14-year-old in a Hong Kong textiles factory. But after being accepted to Cambridge University, she would start her considerably lucrative career with the Goldman Sachs & Travelers Group.
In 1995, she and husband Pan Shiyi founded real-estate developer Soho China. Known for developing properties designed by the likes of Yamamoto and Zaha Hadid, Soho has made profits of nearly $2 billion.
Referred to as the “it couple” of China, Zhang and Pan are also known for following Baha’i faith and preaching of the country’s need for spiritual unity.
Zhang apparently has a talent for self-deprecation, calling her past self “annoying” and “very arrogant.”
In her interview with Christiane Amanpour, Zhang modestly hems and haws at her wealth being compared to the likes of Oprah Winfrey. “I don’t know the numbers, actually,” she smiles. Smooth player, that one.
Watch the interview below:
(btw, Forbes has her at $2.5 billion)
[Video via Facebook]