Rupert Hoogewerf

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Rupert Hoogewerf
Rupert Hoogewerf

(1970-05-03) May 3, 1970 (age 52)
EducationDurham University (BA)
Renmin University of China
OccupationResearcher, accountant
Known forHurun Report
TitleChairman and Chief Researcher of Hurun Report
Parent(s)Francis Hoogewerf
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Rupert Hoogewerf (born 1970 in Luxembourg), also known by his Chinese name Hu Run (Chinese: ; pinyin: Hú Rùn), is the chairman and chief researcher of Hurun Report, a research, media and investments business, best known for its Hurun Rich List, a ranking of the wealthiest individuals in China.[1] A qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW), Hoogewerf worked for Arthur Andersen, before launching Hurun Report.

Early life[edit]

Rupert Hoogewerf was born in Luxembourg, son of Francis and Angela Hoogewerf, graduated with a BA in Chinese and Japanese at Durham University (St Cuthbert's Society) in 1993.[2] Before that, he was at Eton College[3] and St Ronan's School.[4]



After university, Hoogewerf worked for 7 years at Arthur Andersen in London and Shanghai, shortly after arriving in China Hoogewerf launched Hurun Report.[5]

Hurun Report[edit]

Founded in 1999, Hurun Report is a private company that produces lists and research. The company's flagship product is the Hurun Rich List.

Through Hurun Report, Rupert Hoogewerf became widely regarded as an influential opinion former in China[6]

Other key IPs include Hurun Global Unicorns,[7] a ranking of the world’s most valuable privately-held businesses set up after 2000;[8] Hurun China 500 Private Companies, a ranking of the most valuable non state-owned companies in China;[9] and Hurun Art List, a ranking of the world’s best-selling artists, based on the sales of their works at public auction.[10]

Hurun's mission is Promoting Entrepreneurship through Lists and Research. Its main business operations are in China, India and the UK.[citation needed]

Hurun India[edit]

Hurun launched Hurun India in 2012, under the leadership of Anas Rahman Junaid, a graduate of University of Oxford. Junaid met Rupert through Oxford University and the duo thought it was the right time to speak about wealth creation in India as they saw India booming.[11]


Hoogewerf was awarded the Person of the Year Award in 2002 by Newsweekly magazine, and in September 2009 was presented with the Shanghai Magnolia Award. Named after Shanghai's official flower, this is the highest honor bestowed by the city on foreigners.

Durham University Business School in November 2018 appointed Hoogewerf to its academic staff as a Professor in Practice, in recognition of his substantial lifetime contribution to the advancement and application within his chosen profession.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hoogewerf is married and lives with his wife and three children in Shanghai, China, and Oxford, UK.


  1. ^ "Hurun Report". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Durham First issue 30". Issuu. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Fascinating fortunes: Our rich list obsession". BBC News. 23 July 2011.
  4. ^ "The Ronian Issue 60 Summer 2015". Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Xi Jinping's China: why entrepreneurs feel like second-class citizens". 13 May 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2020. When Hurun published its first ranking of China’s wealthiest people in 1999, it found just 50 with assets above $6m. The list now features nearly 2,000 individuals worth more than $300m — the tip of China’s sprawling private sector.
  6. ^ "Rupert Hoogewerf joins School as a Professor in Practice". 5 November 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ "China's conveyor belt of 'unicorns' is slowing down". 27 March 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Private companies have put down strong roots in China". 30 April 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ "These Are the Super-Rich People Shaping China". 5 March 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Anish Kapoor tops 2020 Hurun India Art List; his artworks' auction valuation worth Rs 44.39 cr". 29 March 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  11. ^ "When India hits GDP of $9 trillion in next 10 years, Indian billionaires count will be at more than 500: Anas Rahman Junaid". 27 March 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Fast forward, around 12 years later
  12. ^ "Hoogewerf joins School".

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