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    Wang Shi

    Founder & chairman
    China Vanke
    Vanke Center, No. 33 Huanmei Road
    Dameisha, Yantian District, Shenzhen 518083
    (0755) 25606666

    Born in 1951, Wang began working for the Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Committee of Guangdong province after graduating from a technical university in the late 1970s. He moved to Shenzhen, a major city north of Hong Kong, in 1983 and started moving up the corporate ranks of the city’s state-owned enterprises. According to numerous reports, Wang had his first business success with an animal feed trading company. In 1984, Shi founded Shenzhen Exhibition Center for Modern Science and Education Equipment. Four years later, the company was renamed China Vanke.

    At the time, Wang donated all his stocks to charity, leaving him with no ownership stake and making him nothing more than an employee. He recently explained that he was worried about amassing extravagant wealth  in a de facto Communist country that only 50 years ago launched a Cultural Revolution targeting those considered bourgeois.

    In China, Wang has also drawn attention for his extracurricular activities. Around 1999, he gave up day-to-day control of the company and began climbing mountains. According to the website of the World Wildlife Fund, where Wang sits on the board of directors, he is the 11th person in the world to reach the tallest peaks on all seven continents, as well as both poles.