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# 249 Wu Shaoxun $8.44B

Random fact: Staff had to be photographed alongside company's defective products.


Wu is chairman of Hubei Jing Brand, China's largest producer of herbal spirits. The Daye, China-based company was founded as a state-owned liquor manufacturer in 1953. It became closely held when Wu bought it from the local government in 1998. The company reported revenue of 8.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in 2020.

As of :
Last change No change
YTD change +$725M ( +9.4%)
Biggest asset Hubei Jing Brand
Country / Region China
Age 67
Industry Food & Beverage
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The majority of Wu's fortune is derived from Hubei Jing Brand, a Chinese herbal liquor maker had revenue of 8.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in 2020, according to a ranking by a local trade federation. 

The stake is valued using the average enterprise value-to-sales and price-to-earnings multiples of three publicly traded peer companies: Anhui Gujing Distillery, Xinjiang Yilite Industry and Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery. The financial results used in the valuation were updated on Oct. 5, 2021 and this led to decrease in the calculation of $3.6 billion.

Wu also owns a 3% stake of Qinghai Huzhu Barley Wine Company through closely held Hubei Zhenghan Investment, according to the company's 2022 third-quarter report.

The company didn't reply to emails and telephone calls seeking comment on the billionaire's net worth.


Family: Unknown, No children

Wu Shaoxun was born in China's central province of Hubei in 1956. At the age of 18, he joined the Chinese army and served for six years. After being discharged, Wu joined a state-owned spinning mill in his hometown of Daye and later became responsible for running the company.

A two-year stint studying at a local Communist Party school led to Wu being made chief of a heavily indebted state-owned spirit maker in 1987, despite knowing nothing about liquor manufacturing. Still, under his management the business became profitable. After introducing Chinese herbal medicines into its liquor, the company's signature product, Jing Liquor, became a popular drink among Chinese consumers.

When China started to reform its state-owned companies, Wu borrowed money to buy the business from Hubei's local government, accumulating a 99 percent stake, according to a government website.

Today the company has the largest market share in China's herbal liquor sector, selling more than 800 million bottles of spirits every year with revenue of 9.2 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in 2016, according to its website.

  • 1956 Born in China's central province of Hubei.
  • 1974 Joins the Chinese army.
  • 1980 Leaves the army and works at a state-owned spinning mill.
  • 1987 Becomes head of the state-owned predecessor to Jing Brand.
  • 1989 Jing Liquor, its signature brand, is introduced.
  • 1998 Acquires the liquor maker from the local government.
  • 2001 Changes the company's name to Hubei Jing Brand Co.
  • 2002 Becomes member of National People's Congress in China.