China wealth

Youthful, talented and loaded: Chinese actress Zhao Wei on list of world’s young super rich

And car hailing app boss joins rich list after entering billionaires club

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 2:33pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 6:05pm

The Chinese actress Zhao Wei and her husband have made it on to a list of the world’s wealthiest young billionaires.

Zhao and her husband Huang Youlong were ranked joint 35 on the list of super wealthy aged 40 and under compiled by the magazine Hurun Report.

Zhao and Huang’s fortune is estimated at US$1 billion, according to the listing.

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Their wealth largely comes from their shareholding in Hong Kong-listed Alibaba Pictures, the film production arm of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The couple holds 1.67 billion shares in the company.

Zhao, also known as Xiaoyanzi after the character she played in the TV drama My Fair Princess in 1998, is also a film director and entrepreneur. She has invested in a vineyard in France.

She won the best actress award at the Hong Kong Film Awards last year for her portrayal of the widow of a child kidnapper in the film Dearest.

Thirteen billionaires from China were on the list and 17 were from the United States.

The average age of the young super rich was 35.

The tech industry produced the most billionaires, 28 in all.

Four made their fortunes from financial investment.

Zhou Yahui, the chairman and president of Beijing Kunlun Tech, and his wife Li Qiong were the richest young Chinese billionaires with a net worth of US$3.5 billion.

They were also new billionaires on the Hurun Global Rich List after the stock market listing of their internet video game company, the report said.

New faces among Chinese billionaires included Cheng Wei, the co-founder and chief executive of the China’s largest taxi-hailing app Didi Chuxing, formally Didi Kuaidi.

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Cheng, who took just three years to become a billionaire, had a net worth of US$1 billion, according to the report.

Facebook was the biggest wealth creator with four executives from the social media company on the global list.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, 31, topped the young billionaire rankings with a net worth of US$47 billion.