|Pan Shiyi (R) and Zhang Xin (L) [tianshui.com.cn]|
• Overall ranking: 37
• Age: 48, 46
• Family wealth: US$3.3 billion
• Company: SOHO China
• Sector: Real estate
In 1995, Pan Shiyi and his wife, Zhang Xin, founded SOHO China, one of the largest real estate developers in Beijing, the country's capital city. As the chairman of the company, Pan is very active in China's property circles and very famous in Beijing. He hired high-profile foreign architects to design their apartment buildings. Pan was named one of the 25 most influential business leaders in China by Fortune (China) Magazine in 2005. Zhang Xin is the CEO of the company. She received a master's degree in Development Economics from Cambridge University and worked for an investment bank.