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# 251 Gao Jifan $8.43B

Random fact: Has offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Zurich, Dubai, Fremont and Miami.


Gao is the chief executive and chairman of Trina Solar, the world's second-biggest solar manufacturer. The Changzhou, China-based company manufactures solar cells, silicon wafers, power plant equipment and related products. It sells to more than 100 countries and had revenue of 44.5 billion yuan ($6.9 billion) in 2021.

As of :
Last change +$28.3M ( +0.3%)
YTD change +$963M ( +12.9%)
Biggest asset 688599 CH Equity
Country / Region China
Age 58
Industry Energy
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of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
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Gao's wealth is derived from his stake in Trina Solar, a manufacturer of solar panels and equipment.

Trina Solar is the world's second-biggest solar manufacturer, according to a June 2, 2022 Bloomberg News report. It sells to more than 100 countries, according to its website.

Gao owns about 36% of Trina Solar directly and through holding companies, according to the company's 2022 third-quarter report. About one-fifth of his stake is pledged and removed from the calculation.

Wu Qun, a spokesperson for the company, didn't respond to a request for comment on the calculation.


Family: Unknown, No children

Gao was born in 1965 and obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1985 before completing his master's degree three years later.

Gao founded Trina Solar in 1997 and the company joined the New York Stock exchange in 2006. Ten years later, Gao led a consortium to privatize the company.

Trina Solar joined the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2020.

  • 1997 Founded Trina Solar.
  • 2017 Delists in the U.S. and becomes closely held.
  • 2018 Expands operations to 103 countries.
  • 2020 Company becomes publicly traded in Shanghai.