(Yicai Global) March 8 -- Chinese real estate tycoon Wu Yajun, the chairwoman of Beijing's Longfor Group Holdings, has been nominated as the richest self-made woman in the world, rising to the top spot after seven years of absence.
Wu's wealth rose 13 percent last year to CNY66 billion (USD9.8 billion), Hurun Research Institute's report Hurun Richest Self-Made Women in the World 2019 shows. Four Chinese women made it to the top ten.
Some 60 percent of the 100 global most successful women entrepreneurs are Chinese, said Hu Run, chairman and chief researcher of the institute, adding that this percentage is double that of Chinese men.
The strongest climbers on the list include Chinese ladies from the food and beverage sector as well as fashion manufacturing. The top ones are Shu Ping and Li Haiyan, two co-founders of hotpot restaurant chain Haidilao International Holding which went public last year in Hong Kong. They are followed by Cheng Xue and Li Xuhui, founders of Foshan Haitian Flavouring & Food, as well as Mei Dong from down clothing firm Bosideng International Holdings.
Overseas billionaires Tory Burch behind the US fashion brand that carries her name, and Winnie Enevoldsen behind Danish jewellery brand Pandora were jumping higher on the list too.
The ranking includes nine new members, led by Fan Hongwei, the chief of Chinese chemical firm Hengli Group, with a fortune of CNY26 billion. Another one is Lu Zhongfang from Chinese civil service examination training platform Offcn, taking the 16th position with CNY22 billion.
Editor: Emmi Laine