Yang Huiyan

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Yang Huiyan
Yang Huiyan

1981 (age 39–40)
Alma materOhio State University
OccupationMajority shareholder (55%), Country Garden Holdings
Known forRichest Woman in China & Cyprus
Chen Chong
(m. 2006)
Parent(s)Yang Guoqiang (father)

Yang Huiyan (simplified Chinese: 杨惠妍; traditional Chinese: 楊惠妍; pinyin: Yáng Huìyán; born 1981) is a Chinese-born billionaire businesswoman and property developer. Becoming a Cypriot citizen in 2018, she is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings,[2][3] a stake largely transferred to her by her father Yang Guoqiang in 2007.[4] She is the richest woman in Asia.[5][6]

Her father Yang Guoqiang started the real estate company Country Garden in 1997 and transferred 70% of Country Garden's shares to her before its IPO in 2007.[7] Country Garden's initial offering raised about $1.6 billion, or as much as Google raised in 2004 in the United States.[8] As of August 2021, Yang had a net worth of US$27.3 billion.[4] Yang is vice chairman of the board's governance committee and helped raise $410 million selling new shares in 2014, according to Forbes.[5]

Yang is a 2003 graduate of Bachelor of Arts/Science, Ohio State University where she was a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).[9][4]

According to leaked documents dubbed as "The Cyprus Papers",[10] Yang obtained Cypriot citizenship in 2018, though China does not recognize dual nationality.[11]


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  2. ^ "China's Richest Woman Just Made $2 Billion in 4 Days". Fortune.
  3. ^ "China's 100 Richest 2015: Wang Jianlin Regains Top Spot". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
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  5. ^ a b "richest woman in the world". CNN. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "China Rich List". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  7. ^ Sorry bachelors - richest Chinese woman married, China Daily, April 29, 2007.
  8. ^ "China adds billionaires with IPO". Chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  9. ^ "#125 Yang Huiyan". Forbes.com. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  10. ^ Al Jazeera Investigative Unit (24 August 2020). "Exclusive: Cyprus sold passports to 'politically exposed persons'". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  11. ^ Zhou Xin (25 August 2020). "Cyprus Papers: secret migration of China's rich, led by Asia's richest woman, revealed in leaked documents". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 26 August 2020.