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# 348 Chen Jianhua $6.78B

Random fact: Has built at least five manufacturing sites across China.


Chen is chairman of Hengli Group, an oil refining, petrochemicals and textiles business. The Suzhou, China-based group produces polyester chips and filaments for use in packaging, electronic and pharmaceutical industries. It's publicly traded petrochemicals division had revenue of 152 billion yuan ($22 billion) in 2020.

As of :
Last change +$157M ( +2.4%)
YTD change -$1.08B ( -13.8%)
Biggest asset Hengli Group
Country / Region China
Age 51
Industry Industrial
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Relative Value

Chen Jianhua's net worth of $6.78B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
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of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
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The majority of Chen's fortune is derived from Hengli Group, an oil refining, petrochemicals and textiles business.

The Sushou, China-based group had revenue of 178 billion yuan ($27 billion) in 2020, according to a company filing. It's valued based on the average price-to-earnings multiple of three publicly traded peers: Hengyi Petrochemical Co., Tongkun Group Co. and Hengli Petrochemical Co.

Chen also has a 1% stake in Hengli Petrochemical, the publicly traded petrochemicals division, according to the company's 2021 semi-annual report.

Gu, a spokeswoman for the company, declined to comment on the net worth calculation.


Birthdate: 3/1/1971
Family: Married, No children
Education: Nanjing Normal University

Chen was born in March 1971 in Jiangsu, eastern China. He quit school at the age of 13 before making his first fortune in silk trading.

With his experiences in silk and textiles, Chen started his own chemical fiber business, the predecessor of Hengli Group in 1994 after acquiring assets from a state-own firm, according to company filing. The group later expanded into petrochemical, tourism and real estate sectors.

Chen became chairman and manager of Hengli Group in 2002 and his wife Fan Hongwei later took up the chairmanship of publicly traded unit Hengli Petrochemical, the main division of Hengli Group. It went public on the Shanghai stock exchange in November 2016 through a backdoor listing, according to a company filing.

  • 1994 Starts the chemical fibre business.
  • 2004 The group acquires property and tourism businesses.
  • 2015 Company has the world's largest purified terephthalic acid production line.
  • 2018 Opens for business in Singapore.