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#36 Wang Wei $22.7B

Random fact: Sold 25 percent stake in S.F. Express for about $1 billion in 2013.

Overview

Wang is the founder and largest shareholder of S.F. Holding, the owner of S.F. Express, China's largest parcel delivery company. It has more than 15,000 vehicles and 13,000 service centers across its home country. The courier had revenue of 57.3 billion yuan ($8.6 billion) in 2016 and began trading publicly in January 2017.

As of Sept. 21, 2017:
Last change -$326M (-1.4%)
YTD change +$18.0B (+384.7%)
Industry Services
Biggest asset 002352 CH Equity
Citizenship China
Age 46
Wealth Self-made
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Net Worth Summary

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The majority of Wang's fortune is derived from his 65 percent stake in S.F. Holding, the Shenzhen-based owner of S.F. Express, China's largest parcel delivery company. He owns the shares through his 99.9 percent stake in Shenzhen Mingde Holdings Development. S.F. went public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange through a reverse merger with Maanshan Dingtai Rare Earth & New Material. The shares were issued to Wang on Jan. 23, 2017.

He also owns residential real estate in Hong Kong that's valued using the price per square foot of similar properties, according to data compiled by property broker Savills. He bought the asset in 2010, according to the South China Morning Post. A liability is applied to reflect the purchase.

The value of his cash investments is based on an analysis of calculated dividends, historical transactions, market performance and taxes.

Gan Ling, a spokeswoman for S.F. Express, declined to comment on the billionaire's net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 10/1970
Family: Married, No children

Wang Wei was born in Shanghai in 1970. The son of an interpreter for the Chinese air force, he moved to Hong Kong as a child, according to a March 2013 brief by HSBC. He founded parcel delivery company S.F. Express in the Chinese port city of Shunde in 1993, using money borrowed from his father.

The company started by offering a one-day delivery service between Hong Kong and neighboring Shenzhen. Due to rising demand for cross-border shipments, Wang was able to expand his business to the rest of southern China. The company added cargo aircraft to its fleet of delivery vehicles as it began to increase its long-distance services. With more than 16,000 vehicles and 30 aircraft, S.F. Express delivers parcels in 14 countries, including the U.S., Australia and Russia.

Wang largely had kept a low-profile, declining all media interviews until 2011. He finally brought in outside investors in August 2013, when he sold a quarter stake in his closely held company to a consortium of Chinese state-backed companies.

Milestones
  • 1970 Born in Shanghai.
  • 1993 Sets up S.F. Express in Shunde, a port in southern China.
  • 2008 Establishes S.F. Holding Group as the parent company.
  • 2010 Buys a home in Hong Kong for $45 million.
  • 2012 Starts express delivery service to the U.S.
  • 2013 Develops drones to deliver packages to remote locations.
  • 2013 Sells a quarter stake in S.F. Express to a state-backed consortium.
  • 2014 Expands delivery network to Australia.