Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Chinese Billionaire Zhang Xin: 'The Old Model Doesn't Work Anymore'
''The ascent of Zhang Xin, 50, who rose to become a real estate mogul, is a classical success story in modern China. As a young woman, she worked on assembly lines in the textile and electronics industries before going to England at the age of 19 to train to become an international secretary. She then completed degrees in economics and worked as an investment banker in London and on Wall Street. She returned to Beijing in 1995 and founded the commercial real estate development firm SOHO China together with her husband Shiyi Pan. Unusually for a Chinese business leader, Zhang also speaks out regularly on social and political issues..''