He Xiangjian

He Xiangjian is the co-founder of Midea, one of China’s largest appliance makers. With a net worth of $9.3 billion in January 2015, he was the ninth richest person in China, and 136th richest in the world, according to Forbes.

  • Entrepreneur He Xiangjian built Midea Group into one of the world’s largest appliance makers.
  • He stepped down from its operations in 2012.
  • In 1968 he led a group of 23 local residents from the town of Beijiao in Guangdong Province to form a lid production workshop that became Midea.
  • Midea has more than 200 subsidiaries, including Germany-based robotics firm Kuka.
  • His son He Jianfeng is a director of Midea Group and Midea Real Estate Holding.