21. Ma Jianrong and family

Nike
AP/Michael Noble Jr.

Net worth: $7.8 billion

Source of wealth: Chair of Shenzhou International Group Holdings, China's biggest producer and exporter of clothing. Major clients include Nike.

Age: 54

T19. Zong Qinghou

Zong Qinghou China
AFP

Net worth: $8.4 billion

Source of wealth: Leads Hangzhou Wahaha, one of China's biggest beverage companies.

Age: 73

T19. Sun Piaoyang and family

laxative pills
George Frey/Reuters

Net worth: $8.4 billion

Source of wealth: Head of pharmaceuticals firm Jiangsu Hengrui.

Age: 60

18. Pang Kang

soy sauce
ffolas/Shutterstock

Net worth: $8.9 billion

Source of wealth: Chairs Foshan Haitian Flavoring & Food, one of China's largest suppliers of soy sauce.

Age: 62 or 63

17. Xu Shihui and family

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Flickr / aurelio.asiain

Net worth: $9.3 billion

Source of wealth: Chair of snack food company Dali Food Group.

Age: 61

16. Wu Yajun and family

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Wu Yajun, founder and chairman of Longfor Properties
Courtesy Longfor Properties

Net worth: $9.4 billion

Source of wealth: Cofounder and chair of Hong Kong property company Longfor Properties.

Age: 54 or 55

T14. Robin Li

Robin Li
VCG/Getty

Net worth: $9.6 billion

Source of wealth: CEO and founder of China's number one search engine Baidu.

Age: 50

T14. Lei Jun

Lei Jun
Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi
AP

Net worth: $9.6 billion

Source of wealth: Cofounder and chair of Xiaomi, the smartphone manufacturer.

Age: 49

13. Wang Wenyin

Wang Wenyin
Getty Images

Net worth: $11 billion

Source of wealth: Chair of Amer International Group, a large scale supplier of cables and copper.

Age: 51

12. Wang Wei

Wang Wei
Wang Wei
YouTube / #SecretsSelfmadeBillionaires by Paul Chan

Net worth: $12.1 billion

Source of wealth: Head of S.F Holding, the delivery company often known as the "FedEx of China."

Age: 48

11. Zhang Zhidong

Zhang Zhidong
Zhang Zhidong.
China.org.cn

Net worth: $13.3 billion

Source of wealth: Former head of technology at Chinese tech giant Tencent. Retired in 2014.

Age: 47

10. Colin Huang

Colin Huang
YouTube/Sky9 Capital

Net worth: $13.5 billion

Source of wealth: Chair and CEO of Pinduoduo, one of China's biggest e-commerce sites.

Age: 39

9. Li Shufu

Li Shufu
Reuters/Aly Song

Net worth: $13.6 billion

Source of wealth: Chairman of Geely Automobiles, one of the largest automakers in China, and owner of Volvo.

Age: 55

8. William Ding

William Ding
Ding Lei, the founder and CEO of NetEase
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Net worth: $14.7 billion 

Source of wealth: Head of Netease, the largest online and mobile gaming business in he world.

Age: 47

7. Zhang Yiming

Zhang Yeming
YouTube/CGTN

Net worth: $16.2 billion

Source of wealth: Chairs Beijing Bytedance, a giant media content platform valued at $75 billion.

Age: 35

6. He Xiangjian

he xiangjian

Net worth: $19.8 billion

Source of wealth: Oversaw the growth of Midea Group, an appliance maker. He stepped down in 2012.

Age: 76

5. Yang Huiyan

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Wealth-X; Country Garden Danga Bay/Facebook; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

Net worth: $22.1 billion

Source of wealth: Owns over half of real estate developer Country Garden Holdings, which she was given by her father in 2007.

Age: 37

4. Wang Jianlin

Wang Jianlin
Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Net worth: $22.6 billion

Source of wealth: Chair of Dalian Wanda Group, which has investments in finance, real estate, and movie theaters. It is one of the world's largest developers of commercial real estate.

Age: 64

3. Hui Ka Yan

Hui Ka Yan
Bobby Yip/Reuters

Net worth: $36.2 billion

Source of wealth: Chairman of Evergrande Group, one of the biggest property developers in the country.

Age: 60

2. Jack Ma

Jack Ma
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Net worth: $37.3 billion

Source of wealth: Founder of Alibaba, the giant online marketplace often referred to as the Amazon of China. He took Alibaba public in 2014 in the biggest IPO in stock market history.

Age: 54

1. Ma Huateng a.k.a. Pony Ma

Ma Huateng, Tencent
Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent
AP

Net worth: $38.8 billion

Source of wealth: Chair of Tencent Holdings, the internet giant which owns the likes of WeChat, one of China's most widely-used apps. It has over 1 billion users.

Age: 47