By Riyaz ul Khaliq
ANKARA (AA) – China’s richest man Jack Ma on Thursday lost the position to fellow Chinese businessman Zhong Shanshan by nearly $2 billion in assets.
According to Bloomberg assessment, Zhong, a bottled water and vaccine tycoon, has gained the top slot in the country with $58.7 billion worth.
He is now the second richest man in Asia after India’s billionaire Mukesh Ambani. Zhong is 17th richest man in the world.
Headquartered in Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang province, Zhong’s bottled water company Nongfu Spring Co is Hong Kong's most popular among retail investors.
Early this month, Zhong rose to China's top three richest businessman. He is popular as “lone wolf” in the business world.
A school dropout, Zhong worked as a construction worker, a newspaper reporter and a beverage sales agent before starting his own business.
Among his businesses is Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy. It started trading at the Shanghai Stock Exchange in April.
Also, on the list is Chinese real estate giant Wang Jianlian who is ranked 100th.
Founder of Dalian Wanda Group, Wang, 65, has a net worth of about $15.6 billion.
Wang’s biggest asset is Wanda Commercial Management Group and his businesses include property development, cinemas and retail.
Based in Beijing, Wang’s revenue reached $31 billion in 2018.
Dalian Wanda Group has become the world's largest cinema operator after it bought AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion in 2012.
A popular philanthropist, Wang is interested in sports too and has 15% of the Spanish football club Atletico Madrid.