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‘Lone Wolf’ Tycoon Creates 68 Millionaires With Water Empire

  • Nongfu’s IPO is catapulting Zhong among China’s richest
  • Family members and employees are sharing some of the riches
Nongfu Spring bottled water.
Nongfu Spring bottled water.Photographer: Wang Qiming/VCG via Getty Images
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He’s known as the “Lone Wolf.”

Zhong Shanshan has worked in construction, journalism, drug making and bottled water. Those last two endeavors have made him one of the world’s richest people, but he’s rarely quoted in the press, isn’t involved in politics and his business interests aren’t entwined with other rich families, such as the property tycoons. Hence the nickname.