Wang Shi (entrepreneur)

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Wang Shi
Wang at a lecture in Shenzhen, 31 December 2016
Born (1951-01-23) 23 January 1951 (age 72)
Liuzhou, Guangxi, China
EducationLanzhou Jiaotong University

Wang Shi (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng Shí, born 1951) is a Chinese businessman. He is the founder and chairman of China Vanke, the largest real estate enterprise in China and the largest residential real estate developer in the world.[1]


In 1980s he was a liaison in the Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Committee of Guangdong.[1] He quit his job in 1983 and moved to Shenzhen.[1] In 1988 he started to shift his business towards real estate, starting 'China Vanke'. It was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1991 as the second listed company in all of China.[1]

Currently, Wang Shi serves as the Executive Director of the One Foundation, and an Independent Director for the World Wildlife Fund,, Inc., China Resources Land, Modern Media Holding, and Central China Real Estate. In 2011, Wang Shi was named by Fortune Magazine as one of "Fifteen Business Leaders Who've Changed China."[2]

Personal life[edit]

The first fortune for Wang Shi was said from trading train goods and trading with Hong Kong.

From 2011 to 2013, Wang Shi studied at Harvard as a visiting scholar. He argued that his experience will help Vanke connect with the world and inspire more people to continue challenging their horizons.[3]

Wangshi has no family members working in his organisation, and believes that position is achieved by merit and not blood.


Wang Shi loves mountaineering, gliding, and seafaring. In 2001, he was awarded an honor from National Sports Authority, and in 2002 he was elected the vice-chairman of Chinese Hiking Association. He has made successful attempts on reaching the highest summits of seven continents from 2002 to 2004.[4]

In May 2003, Wang Shi and a Chinese amateur team made a successful attempt on reaching the summit of Mount Everest. At the age of 53, he broke the Chinese record as the oldest Chinese national who has reached the summit of Mount Everest.[5]

In April and September 2005, he successfully trekked to the North Pole and the South Pole, achieving his goal of "climbing the highest summits of seven continents and reaching the North and South Poles."

In May 2010, Wang Shi, at age 60, made another successful attempt on reaching the summit of Mount Everest alongside his friend alongside Wang Jian, and broke the Chinese age record he created back in 2003.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Wang Shi: Life is an adventure
  2. ^ "Fifteen Business Leaders Who've Changed China". Fortune Magazine China. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Tycoon Wang Shi drops all to pursue Harvard dream". Want China Times. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "中国登顶珠峰最年长记录创造者--王石". 15 March 2010.
  5. ^ 业余登山队第二突击队登顶 王石创最年长登顶记录 (in Chinese). 中国网. 23 May 2003.
  6. ^ 王石等6人昨日成功登顶 上海世博旗帜插上珠峰. 《深圳晚报》 (in Chinese). 搜狐网. 23 May 2010.