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Ex-Chemistry Teacher Becomes Richest Self-Made Woman in Asia

  • Shares of drugmaker jump 37% at trading debut in Hong Kong
  • Among world’s richest pharma families with husband’s wealth
Zhong Huijuan

Zhong Huijuan

Source: Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.

Two days ago, Zhong Huijuan wasn’t even the richest person in her family.

Now, she’s become the wealthiest self-made woman in Asia with a $10.5 billion fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The bulk of her wealth comes from her stake in Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group, China’s largest maker of psychotropic drugs, which soared 37% on Friday in Hong Kong during its first day of trading.