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#497 Cai Kui $3.88B

Random fact: A bad home buying experience made him want to become a builder.

Overview

Cai was married to Chinese billionaire Wu Yajun, chairman of Longfor Properties. He owns 27 percent of the Beijing-based company, which builds and manages residential and commercial property projects and had 54.8 billion ($8.2 billion) yuan of revenue in 2016. The couple split their ownership when they divorced in 2012.

As of July 26, 2017:
Last change -$124M (-3.1%)
YTD change +$1.87B (+93.3%)
Industry Real Estate
Biggest asset 960 HK Equity
Citizenship China
Age 0
Wealth Self-made
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Net Worth Summary

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Almost all of Cai's wealth is derived from his stake in Beijing-based developer Longfor Properties. Cai was married to Chinese billionaire and Longfor Chairman Wu Yajun until their divorce in 2012, when they split a jointly held 75.6 percent stake. Wu took 45.4 percent and Cai 30.2 percent. He sold 150 million shares of the property developer on Sept. 7, 2016, which reduced his stake to 27 percent, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing from the same day. Cai holds his Longfor shares directly and through a Hong Kong-based holding company -- Junson Development International.

The value of his cash investments is based on an analysis of dividend income, insider transactions, taxes and market performance.

Longfor spokeswoman Shao Yuqun declined to comment.

Biography

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Family: Divorced, No children
Education: Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Bachelor's Degree

Cai was born in January 1963 in Chongqing, China's largest municipality. In 1992, he married his future business partner Wu Yajun, who is also from Chongqing, quitting his job at a state owned airplane maker in Chengdu to start a trading company in their hometown. Wu left her job working as a journalist for a real estate newspaper a year later.

The couple encountered a series of problems when they bought their first apartment, an 80-square-meter flat (861 square feet) in Chongqing. The closing was delayed for a year, natural gas wasn't available, the lighting was poor and the elevator service hours were limited. The experience led them to open a business that would build better homes in China and in 1994 they founded the predecessor of Longfor Properties.

Longfor sold its first residential project in 1997 for $157 per square meter, more than double the average household income in China at the time. Since then, Wu, its chairman, has expanded Longfor into 13 other Chinese cities and moved its headquarters to Beijing. The company raised $1 billion in a 2009 initial public offering in Hong Kong.

They divorced in 2012 and Cai took about 40 percent of Longfor shares the couple used to own together, and left his executive role at the property developer.

Milestones
  • 1992 Cai Kui marries to Wu Yajun.
  • 1993 Co-founded the predecessor of Longfor in Chongqing with Wu.
  • 1997 Longfor's first project breaks ground in Chongqing.
  • 2002 Develops a shopping mall in Chongqing, it's first commercial project.
  • 2006 Builds its first project outside Chongqing in neighboring Chengdu.
  • 2009 Longfor sells shares in Hong Kong, raising $1 billion.
  • 2011 Wu Yajun steps down as CEO but stays on as chairman.
  • 2012 Cai Kui divorces Wu Yajun; splits shares with Wu.