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# 494 Samuel Yin $4.24B

Random fact: Established the Tang Prize as the Asian version of the Nobels.

Overview

Yin is the chairman of Ruentex Group, a Taipei-based conglomerate behind three publicly traded companies in Taiwan. It operates business in the textiles, real estate, medical service and education industries. It also controls Nan Shan Life Insurance, a closely held insurer with revenue of NT$676 billion ($21.7 billion) in 2017.

As of :
Last change +$17.8M ( +0.4%)
YTD change -$447M ( -9.5%)
Industry Diversified
Biggest asset Cash
Citizenship Taiwan
Age 69
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The majority of Yin's wealth is derived from Ruentex Group, a closely held company he inherited from his father. The Taipei-based conglomerate operates businesses in textiles, real estate and medical service, with total annual revenue of NT$1.2 trillion ($43 billion) in 2016, according to a rating by China Credit Information Systems.

Ruentex Group owns 91 percent of closely held Nan Shan Life Insurance through holding company Ruen Chen, according to a 2015 Ruentex Development presentation. The insurer is valued using the average price-to-book value multiple of three publicly traded peer companies: China Life Insurance, Fubon Financial Holding and Cathay Financial.

Ruentex Group also has stakes in publicly traded subsidiaries Ruentex Development Co, Ruentex Industries and Ruentex Engineering & Construction, according to stock exchange filings as detailed in the asset notes.

The rest of the group -- Ruentex Other -- is valued using disclosed revenue for 2016 minus the revenue reported for the publicly traded subsidiaries and Nan Shan Life, and the average enterprise value-to-sales, value-to-EBIT and value-to-EBITDA multiples of two peers: Dah Chong Hong Holdings and Daewoo International.

Yin also owns about 6 percent of Sun Art Retail, a hypermarket operator in China, through BVI companies, according to the company's disclosure dated Dec. 7, 2017. He has agreed to sell all his stake to Taobao China Holding, according to an agreement dated Nov. 20, 2017.

Yin declined to comment on his net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 8/16/1950
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University

Samuel Yin was born in Taipei in 1950. He studied history at the city's Chinese Culture University before completing his MBA at National Taiwan University and receiving a PhD from National Chengchi University, according to his biography on the website of the Tang Prize Foundation.

He joined his father's textile maker Ruentex Industries and helped establish real estate division Ruentex Developments in 1977. A prominent supporter of closer ties between Taiwan and China, he stepped down as chairman of Ruentex Industries in 1993, and began focusing on investing in China.

The first RT-Mart hypermarket opened in Taiwan in 1997. A year later, he set up Chinese grocer Sun Art in conjunction with France's Auchan chain. The merchant started to trade on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2011, the same year Yin bought a controlling stake in Taiwanese insurer Nan Shan from AIG.

The billionaire, who is married with two children, started the Tang Prize in 2013 to encourage scientific and cultural research.

Milestones
  • 1950 Samuel Yin is born in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 1977 Property developer Ruentex Development is established.
  • 1993 Steps down as chairman of Ruentex Industries. Wife replaces him.
  • 1997 Opens first RT-Mart hypermarket in Taiwan.
  • 1998 Starts Chinese food retailing joint venture Sun Art Retail Group.
  • 2011 Buys controlling stake in Nan Shan Life Insurance from AIG.
  • 2011 Sun Art Retail Group debuts on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
  • 2012 Runs newspaper ads supporting Taiwan's China-friendly president.
  • 2013 Establishes Tang Prize Foundation.
  • 2013 Joins Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge.