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# Wang Jian

Random fact: The BGI science research center campus used to be a shoe factory.


Wang is the president of BGI Genomics, a publicly traded Chinese biotechnology company. BGI provides science research and gene testing services in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. The Shenzhen-based business reported a revenue of 1.7 billion yuan ($257 million) in 2016 with over 5,000 employees.

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Citizenship China
Age 63
Wealth Self-made
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Birthdate: 1954
Family: Unmarried, No children
Education: 1979, Hunan Medical University, Graduated

Born in 1954, Wang Jian graduated from Hunan Medical University in 1979. He received a masters degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and did post doctoral studies at the University of Texas and the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1990, according to the company's website.

Wang worked as a senior researcher at the University of Washington for four years since 1990 and returned to China to set up a biotech company in 1994. He participated in a global human genome project in 1999, and later co-founded BGI Genomics.

Wang ascended the summit of Mount Everest together with Wang Shi, chairman of Chinese developer Vanke in 2010, according to the company's website.

BGI Genomics became publicly traded in the Shenzhen stock exchange in July 2017.

  • 1979 Graduated from university in Hunan, China.
  • 1988 Went to America for postdoctoral research.
  • 1999 Cofounded BGI for an international human genome project.
  • 2001 BGI published its first science analysis on Nature.
  • 2010 Ascended the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 2013 Acquired a DNA sequencing company Complete Genomics for $117 million.
  • 2016 Expanded business to North America.
  • 2017 Became publicly traded in Shenzhen.