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# Yu Huijiao

Random fact: Alibaba turned down his offer of a free 20 percent stake in YTO in 2008.


Yu is founder and chairman of YTO Express Group, a delivery company with revenue of 16.8 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) in 2016. The Shanghai-based business has more than 36,000 vehicles and handles about 4.5 billion packages a year. It began trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2016 after a reverse merger.

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Citizenship China
Age 52
Wealth Self-made
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Birthdate: 4/1966
Family: Married, No children

Yu Huijiao was born in 1966 in Tonglu, a county in eastern China near Hangzhou, the home of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. After graduating from high school at age 19, he became a carpenter and worked in the home renovation business for about 15 years. 

Yu’s first business failed because he was unable to collect on the unpaid bills of his clients, according to an October 2016 story in China Entrepreneur Magazine. When he was 34, he decided to switch careers after seeing his relatives and friends make money by delivering packages. He founded YTO Express with 17 staff in Shanghai in 2000. 

Private couriers like YTO were often fined by regulators at the time because the express delivery industry was restricted to state-owned China Postal Express and Logistics, a unit of China Post Group. Still, many people were attracted to the industry as China Postal's expensive and slow service couldn’t meet the country’s rising demand.

YTO stood out from the competition when it became the first courier to deliver packages on weekends, which helped the company become profitable in 2003. Another turning point came in 2005, when Yu agreed to offer its service at a 30 percent discount on Taobao, the online marketplace operated by Alibaba. As China's parcel volume surged on the back of its e-commerce boom, the government finally granted legitimate status to private express companies a year later, and YTO’s business took off.

YTO has more than 36,000 vehicles and handles about 4.5 billion packages a year. It began trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2016 after a reverse merger.

The billionaire lives in Shanghai with his wife.

  • 1966 Yu is born in Tonglu county in Zhejiang province.
  • 1984 Graduates from high school and works as a carpenter.
  • 1999 Quits home renovation business because of unpaid customer bills.
  • 2000 Sets up YTO Express as a parcel delivery service.
  • 2005 Starts to offer its delivery service to Taobao at a discount.
  • 2009 Becomes vice-president of the China Express Association.
  • 2015 Alibaba's venture capital arm acquires a 12 percent stake in YTO.
  • 2016 Lists on the Shanghai Stock Exchange through a reverse merger.