Rupert Hoogewerf

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Rupert Hoogewerf
Hoogewerf in 2023
Rupert Hoogewerf

(1970-05-03) May 3, 1970 (age 53)
EducationDurham University (BA)
Renmin University of China
Occupation(s)Researcher, accountant
Known forHurun Report
TitleChairman and Chief Researcher of Hurun Report
ParentFrancis Hoogewerf
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Rupert Hoogewerf (born 1970), also known by his Chinese name Hu Run (Chinese: ; pinyin: Hú Rùn), is a Luxembourger businessman, currently the chairman and chief researcher of Hurun Report, best known for the "Hurun Rich List," a ranking of the wealthiest individuals in China.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hoogewerf was born in 1970 in Luxembourg, son of Francis and Angela Hoogewerf. He 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, as a qualified chartered accountant, worked for seven years at Arthur Andersen in London and Shanghai.

Hurun Report[edit]

Shortly, after arriving in China, in 1999, Hoogewerf launched the Hurun Report.[5]

On account of the Hurun Report, he was considered to be influential in Chinese business perceptives.[6]

Hurun India[edit]

Hoogewerflaunched Hurun India in 2012, with Anas Rahman Junaid as CEO. They'd through Oxford University.[7]

In 2022, Hoogewerf announced he would be sharing 10% of the profits from his personal startup investments with long-term employees. [8]

Other works[edit]

He's founded Hurun Global Unicorns,[9] a ranking of the world’s most valuable privately-held businesses set up after 2000;[10] Hurun China 500 Private Companies, a ranking of the most valuable non state-owned companies in China;[11] and Hurun Art List, a ranking of the world’s best-selling artists, based on the sales of their works at public auction.[12]


Hoogewerf, in September 2009, was presented with the Shanghai Magnolia Award,[citation needed] named after the city's official flower.[13]

Durham University Business School in November 2018 bestowed upon Hoogewerf the honorary title of Professor in Practice.[14][dead link]

Personal life[edit]

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


  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. ^ "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
  8. ^ "Hurun India founder to share 10% of all exit profits with employees". 9 March 2022. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  9. ^ "China's conveyor belt of 'unicorns' is slowing down". 27 March 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Private companies have put down strong roots in China". 30 April 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  11. ^ "These Are the Super-Rich People Shaping China". 5 March 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Anish Kapoor tops 2020 Hurun India Art List; his artworks' auction valuation worth Rs 44.39 cr". 29 March 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  13. ^ Wolford, Ben (3 November 2011). "White magnolia flowers bloom in Jiading as spring arrives". SChina Daily. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  14. ^ "Hoogewerf joins School".[dead link]

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