Now, following an unbelievable vocation spanning journalism, mushroom farming and well being treatment, he’s grow to be Asia’s richest individual, eclipsing India’s Mukesh Ambani and a group of Chinese tech titans which include Jack Ma.
Zhong’s web value has surged $70.9 billion this calendar year to $77.8 billion, generating him the 11th-richest particular person on the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. It’s 1 of the quickest accumulations of wealth in history, and all the a lot more amazing contemplating that till this calendar year he was tiny identified outside of China.
Zhong, 66, is not associated in politics and his organization passions are not entwined with other wealthy families such as the residence tycoons, which is why he’s acknowledged domestically as the “Lone Wolf.”
He owes his success to two unrelated fields. He took vaccine maker Beijing Wantai Organic Pharmacy Enterprise Co. general public in April, then months later on Nongfu Spring Co, a maker of bottled water, turned just one of Hong Kong’s best listings. Nongfu shares have jumped 155% due to the fact their debut, and Wantai’s are up additional than 2,000%.
Ambani has also had an incredible yr — placing specials to transform his conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. into a technological innovation and e-commerce titan — and looking at his fortune surge $18.3 billion to $76.9 billion.
Though Ambani was at just one point the world’s fourth-richest particular person, shares of his Reliance have stalled as he will come under strain to deliver on the digital transformation he’s promised.
In the meantime, Nongfu inventory strike a peak this 7 days following Citigroup Inc. analysts stated the firm has solidified its market dominance and enjoys enough income move. Zhong’s other agency, Wantai, is among the individuals establishing a Covid-19 vaccine.
Zhong has also climbed the ranks as China’s tech companies have tumbled among the improved govt scrutiny. Jack Ma, Asia’s richest particular person before Ambani took more than this yr, is now well worth $51.2 billion, down from a high of $61.7 billion in Oct.