Shi Zhengrong

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Shi Zhengrong
施正荣 (Shī Zhèngróng)
Shi Zhengrong - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Shi at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2012
Shi Zhengrong

(1963-02-10) 10 February 1963 (age 58)
Alma materChangchun University of Science and Technology
Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of New South Wales
OccupationFounder, former Chairman & CEO
Suntech Power
Spouse(s)Zhang Wei
RelativesChen Henglong
(twin brother)

Shi Zhengrong (Chinese: 施正荣; pinyin: Shī Zhèngróng, born on February 10, 1963[1]) is a Chinese-Australian businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and, up to March 2013, chairman and chief executive officer of Suntech Power.


Shi was born in Yangzhong, Jiangsu, China. His identical twin brother is Chen Henglong, who is also a tycoon. He finished his undergraduate study at Changchun University of Science and Technology, and obtained his Master's degree from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Afterward, Shi went to the University of New South Wales's School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering where he obtained his doctorate degree on solar power technology.[2]

He acquired Australian citizenship[3] and returned to China in 2001 to set up his solar power company - Suntech Power. According to Hurun Report's China Rich List 2013, he had a personal net worth of US$330 million.[4]

Shi was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. In 2009, Shi also received the Oslo Business for Peace Award, an award chosen by Nobel winners to leaders in the private sector who have demonstrated transformative and positive change through ethical business practices.[5]

Amid fierce price competition on its products, on 20 March 2013, the Suntech board declared bankruptcy in the wake of defaulting on US$541 million-worth of bonds, Shi had been demoted from chairman to director earlier that month. The Financial Times, quoting the Shanghai Securities News, reported at the time that Shi's movements were being restricted and that he was not allowed to leave China pending an investigation into his role at Suntech.[6] By 2016, he was living in Shanghai and frequently visiting Australia.[7] As of 2017 and 2018, Dr. Shi Zhengrong had been seen actively giving key note speeches at solar conferences and promoting the use of solar technologies in both China and overseas.[8][9][10]


He has donated funds to a renewable energy research unit at the University of NSW, Australia "because he felt it was not getting an appropriate level of government support", according to Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne.[11]


  1. ^ "The alternative rich list". 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2007-05-07.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
  3. ^ "#396 Shi Zhengrong". The World's Billionaires. Forbes. 2008-03-05.
  4. ^ "China Rich List 2013". Hurun Report. Archived from the original on 2014-08-31. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
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  6. ^ Financial Times, Dark times for Suntech's solar star.
  7. ^ The Australian, Shi Zhengrong: the Sun King's new dawn.
  8. ^ Thousands of photovoltaic elites gather in Shanghai to discuss jointly the ways of innovation and development of the industry Archived 2018-11-29 at the Wayback Machine, PGO China, September 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Shi Zhengrong: vast room exists for development, innovation and application of PV products Archived 2018-11-29 at the Wayback Machine, Xinhua, September 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Investment in solar a sure bet says Chinese pioneer Archived 2018-11-29 at the Wayback Machine, University of New England, Published 17 October 2017.
  11. ^ 'Climate of fear' in solar research[permanent dead link], The Canberra Times, 30 May 2006. Accessed 5 June 2006.

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