Liu Yiqian

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Liu Yiqian
Born1963/1964 (age 54–55)[1]
ResidenceShanghai, China
Known forChairman of Sunline Group
Net worthUS$1.38 billion (November 2015)[1]
Spouse(s)Wang Wei
Liu Yiqian
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Liu Yiqian (Chinese: 刘益谦; pinyin: Liú Yìqiān, pronounced [ljǒu îtɕʰjɛ́n], born 1963/1964) is a billionaire investor. He built his fortune by investing in stock trading, real estate[2] and pharmaceuticals.[1]


Liu is chairman of Sunline Group, a Shanghai-based investment company[3] As of 2010, the value of his real estate properties have increased to 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) over the past 19 years.[4]

In 2004, Liu established the companies Tianping Auto Insurance and Guohua Life Insurance. In April 2013, Tianping formed a joint venture with AXA.[5]

According to Forbes, as of July 2015, Liu has a net worth of US $1.37 billion. He ranked as the 163rd wealthiest individual in China and 1,533rd wealthiest in the world.[3]

Art collecting[edit]

In April 2014, Liu paid HK$281.24 million (US$36.3 million) for a 500-year-old Ming dynasty doucai chicken cup.[6][7]

In March 2015, he paid HK$348 million (US$45 million) for a 600-year-old embroidered silk thangka (tapestry) that was "commissioned" by the Yongle Emperor of the Ming dynasty.[8] It was a record high price for a Chinese work of art sold by an international auction house.[9][10] Later that month, he bought an antique Tibetan bronze yogi sitting in the lotus position at an auction at Sotheby's in New York.[9]

In April 2015, he paid US$14.7 million for a Southern Song-era vase.[11]

In November 2015, he bought Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (1917–18), a widely known painting of a reclining nude woman, for US$170.4 million, the second-highest price for an artwork at auction, in a volatile sale at Christie's in New York.[12] He paid for the painting with his American Express credit card.[13]


The Long Museum (Chinese: 龙美术馆; literally: "Dragon Art Museum") is a private art museum in Shanghai, founded by Liu Yiqian and his wife Wang Wei. The museum has two locations in Shanghai: Long Museum Pudong and Long Museum West Bund.[14] In 2016, a third location was opened in Chongqing and a Wuhan branch is scheduled for 2018.[15] In addition to exhibitions, the couple sponsor academic papers, lectures, workshops, and training in art education.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Liu Yiqian". Forbes. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ NRC Handelsblad, Oscar Garschagen on Chinese museums and collectors of art. Page C4 10 juli 2014
  3. ^ a b "Liu Yiqian" (in Japanese). Forbes. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Top 10 figures influencing the stock market". Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  5. ^ Xu Donghuan (22 April 2014). "'Uncultured' multi-billionaire is China's biggest fine-art collector | South China Morning Post".
  6. ^ Kun, Zhang (25 July 2014). "Collector pays $36 million for tea cupLife Style". China Daily Asia. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  7. ^ "'Uncultured' multi-billionaire is China's biggest fine-art collector | Times of News from China". 22 April 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
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  9. ^ a b Frederik Balfour (16 April 2015). "The Expensive Antics of China's Gaudiest Billionaire – Bloomberg Business". Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Chinese Billionaire Liu Yiqian Adds $45 million Thangka To His Art Collection". 26 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  11. ^ Napolitano, Dean (7 April 2015). "Southern Song Dynasty-Era Vase Sells for $14.7 Million at Sotheby's Auction". WSJ. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  12. ^ Connor, Neil (10 November 2015). "Meet the Chinese billionaire behind the record Amedeo Modigliani purchase". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Billionaire buys $170M painting with credit card". 23 November 2015.
  14. ^ Long Museum website: About Long Museum
  15. ^ Jiayang, Fan (November 7, 2016). "THE EMPEROR'S NEW MUSEUM". New Yorker. Retrieved November 7, 2016.