Every year Forbes magazine lists the most powerful people in the world, the newest rankings of the World’s Most Powerful Women 2015 includes six Chinese power women. And these are the six gals that are by far the most influential, rich, and powerful women in China.
Lets start from the bottom shall we?
Yao Chen 姚晨 (Number 82)
One of the most beautiful celebrities and the youngest Chinese individual on the Forbes list, the 35 year old Chinese starlet has more followers on Weibo than Justin Bieber has on Twitter, and she does not waste them. She uses her influence and popularity to campaign against unspoken issues including China’s smog problem and food contamination. She was named the first ever Chinese UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador, which is why most people see her as Chinese “Angelina Jolie”.
Solina Chau 周凱旋 (Number 78)
This very important lady from Hong Kong is the director of the Li Ka Shing Foundation and a co-founder of Horizon Ventures, a venture capital firm with a focus on disruptive and technology-focused start-ups. She is well known for bold investments in tech ventures, including companies that address innovations in global environment and food, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Zhang Xin 张欣 (Number 69)
One of the richest people in China is also known as the person who “built Beijing” with her innovative SOHO buildings. She is the CEO of one of the largest property developers in China, which is known for hiring famous foreign architects and putting up visually striking buildings, like Galaxy Soho for example. Her family’s net worth is 3.8 billion dollars.
Peng Liyuan 彭丽媛 (Number 68)
Just one ranking higher than Zhang is the First Lady of China, the beloved Peng Liyuan. Long before her husband became a General Secretary, she was a famous folk singer. Now she is known for her perfect sense of style, prominence on the global stage, and commitment to the nation’s health and education. She is one of the most public first ladies in the world.
Margaret Chan 陈冯富珍 (Number 62)
Chan is a leader of the World Health Organization, which is responsible for eradicating communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. And that makes her the most powerful person in global public health and the only person with the authority to declare worldwide pandemics. But since last year she is widely viewed as having fallen flat in her efforts to fight Ebola, which is why she has fallen down from her previous spot in Forbes’ list, which was number 30 in 2014.
Lucy Peng 彭蕾 (Number 33)
The highest ranking woman in China goes to the co-founder of Alibaba and CEO of Ant Financial Services from Alibaba Group, which is valued at between $35 to $40 billion. It is made up of Alipay and Alipay wallet, which is basically the most powerful e-commerce platform in China.
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