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Entrepreneur Of The Year China - 2010 Winners - EY - China

Entrepreneur Of The Year China2010 Winners



Entrepreneur Of The Year China 2010 Country Winner - Mainland China Region
Technology Category winner

Liu Jiren
Chairman and CEO
Neusoft Group Ltd.

Mr. Liu Jiren is a professor and doctoral supervisor of Northeastern University. As a result of his academic experience in the US, he had made it his goal to set up a platform for young Chinese scholars to carry out research in China that previously could only be done in the US.

In 1991, Mr. Liu Jiren founded Neusoft Group Ltd. ("Neusoft"). Nineteen years later, it has become the largest provider of IT solutions and services in China with about 15,000 clients. Neusoft is the first listed Sino-foreign joint venture in China. By June 30, 2010, its accumulated cash dividends distributed to shareholders had reached RMB 740 million. Its key partners include Toshiba, Sony, Hitachi, Panasonic and NEC. The Company's business scope covers telecommunications, electric power, government, finance, medical treatment, transportation and education. Neusoft currently has subsidiaries in the US, Japan, Europe, Middle East and Vietnam.

In China, Neusoft has six software R&D centers and eight regional headquarters. The Company also has a marketing and service network employing more than 18,000 employees in over 40 cities in China. With three Neusoft information colleges and one biomedical and information engineering college, the Company is playing an instrumental role training China's future generation of software developers. The Company has donated in total RMB6.5 million for charitable purposes.



Entrepreneur Of The Year China 2010 Country Winner -
Hong Kong / Macau Region
Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year Category winner

Judy Leissner
Chief Executive Officer
Grace Vineyard

Ms. Judy Leissner started her involvement in the operations of Grace Vineyard in 2002 with the vision of "encouraging people to pursue a higher standard of life" and "developing a high quality wine industry in China which Chinese people are proud of." When she joined Grace Vineyard, the business was very small and had limited resources. However, she soon turned the Company's deficit situation around and started making a profit. Ms. Leissner's entrepreneurship and perseverance in making high quality wine, has won the recognition and praise of international critics.

Grace Vineyard's red wine, Deep Blue, is the first and the only domestic wine served to passengers in the first and business class sections of Cathay Pacific aircraft. The Company was also chosen as a case study in the 2008 MBA courses at Harvard Business School. Ms. Leissner's successful business model has attracted worldwide attention from media such as China International Business, the Wall Street Journal and Knowledge, the newsletter of INSEAD.Grace Vineyard has established a partnership with Torres (FamousSpanish winery) and obtained a license to sell its wines in five-star hotels and restaurants in Hong Kong.



Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year Category winner

Chen Kangping
Chief Executive Officer
Jinko Solar Holding Co., Ltd.

Recognizing the potential of the global cleantech industry, in 2006, Mr. Chen Kangping changed from being the CFO of a domestic listed company to become the founder of Jinko Solar Holding Co., Ltd ("Jinko"), a company focusing on the production of silicon chips, cells and photovoltaic modules. In 2010, Jinko was successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange, making it the first domestic photovoltaic enterprise to issue an IPO in the US after the financial crisis. Its highest share price was nearly 178% above its listing price.

Mr. Chen's strategy is different from those of other solar energy enterprises, with downstream products that have been effective at distinguishing the Company from its competitors. The company has large production base in the Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces and has branch offices in Shanghai, the United States, Germany, Italy, etc. Jinko also has staff around the globe and its products penetrate in markets worldwide.

Mr. Chen has been invited to become a member of the International Advisory Council of the New York Green Industry. He has also made donations to assist the victims of the earthquake in Wenchuan (his home province) and supported the construction of water supply facilities in drought-stricken areas of Yunnan Province. Additionally, he has provided scholarship funds to 80 college students in Tianshui, Gansu province.



Cleantech Category winner

Ni Jie
Chairman
Luyuan Investment Holdings Group Ltd.

Committed to the study of green transport vehicles, Mr. Ni Jie is one of the foremost pioneers of China's electric bike industry. In the process of legalizing electric bikes as a form of transport, he has played a major role as an opinion leader and has become an iconic figure in the development of China's electric bike industry.

Mr. Ni Jie's company, Luyuan Investment Holding Group Ltd ("Luyuan"), began developing electric bikes in 1997 and is now one of the leaders in the industry. Today, Mr. Ni Jie has shifted his focus to the development of electric cells, including batteries for electric automobiles. His goal is to make Luyuan a major provider of new energy resources and services for electric automobiles.

He stresses that the Company should be open in the face of criticism by customers and distributors and believes they can drive innovation. When disputes arise, he feels that people should bring problems to light in order to resolve them. Mr. Ni Jie is now striving to create a fair and reasonable environment for the electric bike industry through public discussion.



Consumer Product Category winner

Wu Yueshi
Chairman and Executive Director
Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd.

In less than 20 years, Mr. Wu has gone from working as a civil servant to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in China's dairy industry. He attributes his success to his independence of thinking and pioneer spirit.

Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd. began as start-up company. In just seven years, it has grown into a leading enterprise in the pediatric milk powder formula market in China, with a market share that ranked 10th in 2008. Sales volumes were up 117% and 54% in 2008 and 2009 respectively, compared with the previous years, while net profits increased 215% and 158% during those same periods. From 2007 to 2009, the Company's weighted average earnings per share were 265% on a compound annual growth rate basis. The Company was successfully listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2009.

Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd. is considered to be an innovator in the dairy industry, having launched the first organic milk powder and organic cereal brands for babies in China. Mr. Wu is a well-known philanthropist whose donations have totaled RMB30 million yuan. He was elected Vice President of the China Society for Promotion of the Guangcai Program.



Consumer Product Category winner

Yeung Chun Fan
Vice Chairman and General Manager
The Glorious Sun Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Yeung Chun Fan is the key person contributed to the development of Glorious Sun Holdings Ltd. ("Glorious Sun"). In 1978, with the approval of the State Council Mr. Yeung set up the first group of factories involved in "Three Types of Processing plus Compensation Trades" in Shunde, China. His company has gone on to become a pioneer in the business of processing with supplied materials.

Under Mr. Yeung's leadership, Glorious Sun has evolved from a traditional garment manufacturer into a diversified international enterprise whose major businesses cover apparel retail, production, export and real estate. The company's core brand "Jeanswest" is listed among the top 10 casual wear brands in China, with over 2,700 stores both at home and abroad. Mr. Yeung is an acknowledged philanthropist. His charitable activities include funding to build over 36 Jeanswest Hope Primary Schools and the establishment of "Jeanswest University Students Education Fund" as well as "Jeanswest Hope Teachers Project ". Donations by Mr. Yeung and his Company have now reached RMB170 million. In 2009, he was honored with the "Top 10 Philanthropists of 2009" and "The 60 Most Influential Philanthropists in China's Charity Development".



Health Science Category winner

Yin Weidong
Chairman and CEO
Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

More than 20 years ago, Mr. Yin Weidong determined to solve the problem of China's reliance on imported vaccines. His perseverance paid off, and in 1999 he invented the first inactivated HA vaccine in China. Mr. Yin continued his research through his company, Sinovac Biotech, which is now listed on the NASDAQ. His company has become a leader in pioneering an inactivated HA vaccine, inactivated SARS vaccine,Pandemic Influenza Vaccine (Inactived adjuvanted) and Influenza A H1N1 vaccine in China. In a race against time and mounting fatalities during the "swine flu" epidemic, Sinovac Biotech took just 87 days to prepare an Influenza A H1N1 vaccine and launch it on the market.

Mr. Yin is also an entrepreneur with a strong sense of social responsibility. When SARS was raging throughout China, Mr. Yin stopped all other research projects and devoted himself to the development of a SARS vaccine, despite knowing that all the vaccines his company produced would be sealed and stored with no opportunity to realize a profit after SARS disappeared.

Due to Mr. Yin's humanitarian efforts, Sinovac Biotech is known not only for its success as a business but also for its contributions to the health and welfare of mankind.



Industrial Products Category winner

Shen Wenrong
Chairman of the Board and President
Jiangsu Shagang Group

In 1975, Shen Wenrong raised some funds to set up a steel rolling mill and started producing steel. Today, Shagang Group's total assets are approximately RMB140 billion and produces 29 million tons of iron, 35 million tons of steel and 33 million tons of rolled metal annually. Shagang Group has been the largest China's privately owned enterprises since 2009 with the highest total turnover amongst its peers. Shagang Group was the only Chinese privately owned enterprise being ranked in the world's top 500 enterprises in 2009.

In 2002, Shagang Group acquired Hohensch Steel in Germany. From 2006 to 2009, in responding to the national iron and steel industrial policy, Shagang Group had acquired Jiangsu Huaigang group Co. Ltd, Henan Anyang Yongxing Iron & Steel Co. Ltd, Jiangsu Yonggang Group Co. Ltd and Jiangsu Xixing Steel Co. Ltd., as well as restructured ST Zhang Tong to further expand its industrial chain and strengthen its overall competitiveness in the market.

Mr. Shen was elected as the deputy of the 16th and 17th Congress of Chinese Communist Party. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the China Iron and Steel Association and the first Chairman of the Metallurgical Industry Association of All China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He was awarded the CCTV Economical Character of 2009. Shagang Group is committed to social responsibility and has generously donated nearly RMB400 million for the use of relief programs for the casualties of Wenchuan Earthquake and Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan, as well as for the flood control and public welfare construction projects.



Industrial Products Category winner

Zhou Furen
Chairman and General Manager
Xiyang Group

Mr. Zhou Furen grew up in the poor and underdeveloped small mountain village of Xiyang in Haicheng, Liaoning Province. Today, this village is widely known as the home of Xiyang Group, which Mr. Zhou founded in 1988.

Xiyang Group is China's largest production base for magnesia-based refractory materials and sulfur-based compound fertilizer. In terms of output, its middle-grade magnesite and high purity magnesite rank first in the world.

Sales revenue for Xiyang Group in 2009 reached RMB19.1 billion yuan, while net profit was RMB1 billion yuan and taxes and fees were RMB0.5 billion yuan.

During the early days of Xiyang Group, Mr. Zhou devoted himself to the welfare of Xiyang Village, providing free services to the villagers such as education, medical treatment, sanitation and cultural activities.

Currently, Mr. Zhou is the Secretary of the Party Committee of the village and is active in local construction projects and other village affairs. He continues to live alongside his employees, while taking responsibility for acquiring investors and partners for his Company.



Media and Entertainment Category winner

Wang Zhonglei
President
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation

Wang Zhonglei first started in business with his elder brother in 1994, then entered the film and TV industry in 1998. As Huayi Brothers Media Corporation ("Huayi Brothers") the Company was successfully listed in 2009 on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange — the first domestic film and TV company to be listed on that exchange. With its high standards of corporate governance, Huayi Brothers has achieved continuous improvement in its financial performance.

Mr. Wang is determined to make Huayi Brothers the number one film and TV entertainment media group in the country. So far, the Company has been very successful with its business model focusing on high quality movies, which have become the benchmark in the domestic entertainment industry while gaining recognition in the international market. One of the Company's feature films, Aftershocks, produced in 2010, set a new Chinese Movie record at the domestic box-office and was chosen to compete as China's entry for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

After the Company's successful IPO, Mr. Wang has been steadily expanding the business by branching out into theatre operations, music and mobile games.



Services Category winner

Dennis Lo
Chairman
Fairwood Holdings Limited

Dennis Lo joined Fairwood in 1977 when it had only two stores. By 1991, he had expanded the business to 52 stores and successfully listed the company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange during the same year. With the capital gained from the IPO, Mr. Lo aggressively expanded the business both in Hong Kong & China. He also developed a chain of casual Italian restaurants, offering customers a totally different eating experience.

In 2003, Mr. Lo initiated a repositioning exercise for the Fairwood brand. A young, vibrant, unconventional and innovative image was established. Store design was revamped. Sales volumes in 2010 are now HK$1.6 billion, an increase of 355% from 1991. The share price is currently HK$9.7 as compared to HK$1.0 before the rebranding.

With the vision of being the most preferable brand in fastfood, Mr. Lo is wholeheartedly committed himself to the continuous improvement of Fairwood's food quality and the upgrading of dining environment. As a result, the overall standard of Hong Kong fast food industry has been significantly enhanced. Deliberately restrained and modest, Mr. Lo has long been known for investing his time and money towards public welfare, including giving support to charitable organizations and hiring people from ethnic groups as well as the disabled.



Services Category winner

Zhang Lan
Chairman
South Beauty Company Ltd.

In 2000, Zhang Lan founded South Beauty Food & Beverage Co., Ltd. ("South Beauty") which has developed into a restaurant chain with two distinct brands and over 50 restaurants in China. The company has won numerous awards in the domestic restaurant industry.

South Beauty maintains high standards of Chinese food preparation and operates under a centralized management structure. Her mission is to spread Chinese food culture (especially delicate Sichuan dishes) throughout the world. As the official caterer of the Beijing Olympic Games, Expo 2010 Shanghai and other world-class forums, South Beauty has achieved an excellent reputation among global political leaders. Ms. Zhang was also being invited to participate in the bidding to become one of the caterers of the London Olympic Games — the first time that a Chinese food company has won the opportunity to cater an Olympics outside of China.

Although she has won many awards and received recognition for her philanthropic work, Ms. Zhang is particularly proud to have been named a Chevalier by President Sarkozy of France in April 2010 — the first Asian woman to have received this honor.



Telecom Category winner

Ricky Wong
Chairman
City Telecom (HK) Ltd.

Mr. Wong founded City Telecom (HK) Ltd. ("City Telecom") with his cousin Paul Cheung in 1992.

City Telecom is known for launching the first long distance call-back service in Hong Kong, which provided consumers with cheap long distance call service and broke the city's monopoly long distance call market.

Later, Mr. Wong established a subsidiary — Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited in 1999 — a broadband internet service. Providing a less expensive alternative to dial-up, the new service broke the monopoly in the fixed telecommunications market and made it the leading provider of such services in Hong Kong.

Keenly aware of the impact of electronic media on culture, Mr. Wong applied for a free-TV license in 2009 with the aim of challenging this public media service.

In recent years, Mr. Wong dedicated himself to community and public welfare activities, visiting the mountainous areas of Cambodia and the unprivileged in Nepal. He also traveled to Antarctica for three weeks to witness and experience the effects of global warming.



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Entrepreneur Of The Year China
2010 Country Winner - Mainland China Region
Technology Category winner

Liu Jiren
Chairman and CEO
Neusoft Group Ltd.

Mr. Liu Jiren is a professor and doctoral supervisor of Northeastern University. As a result of his academic experience in the US, he had made it his goal to set up a platform for young Chinese scholars to carry out research in China that previously could only be done in the US.

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Entrepreneur Of The Year China
2010 Country Winner -
Hong Kong / Macau Region
Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year
Category winner

Judy Leissner
Chief Executive Officer
Grace Vineyard

Ms. Judy Leissner started her involvement in the operations of Grace Vineyard in 2002 with the vision of "encouraging people to pursue a higher standard of life" and "developing a high quality wine industry in China which Chinese people are proud of." When she joined Grace Vineyard, the business was very small and had limited resources. However, she soon turned the Company's deficit situation around and started making a profit. Ms. Leissner's entrepreneurship and perseverance in making high quality wine, has won the recognition and praise of international critics.

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Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year
Category winner

Chen Kangping
Chief Executive Officer
Jinko Solar Holding Co., Ltd.

Recognizing the potential of the global cleantech industry, in 2006, Mr. Chen Kangping changed from being the CFO of a domestic listed company to become the founder of Jinko Solar Holding Co., Ltd ("Jinko"), a company focusing on the production of silicon chips, cells and photovoltaic modules. In 2010, Jinko was successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange, making it the first domestic photovoltaic enterprise to issue an IPO in the US after the financial crisis. Its highest share price was nearly 178% above its listing price.

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Cleantech Category winner

Ni Jie
Chairman
Luyuan Investment Holdings Group Ltd.

Committed to the study of green transport vehicles, Mr. Ni Jie is one of the foremost pioneers of China's electric bike industry. In the process of legalizing electric bikes as a form of transport, he has played a major role as an opinion leader and has become an iconic figure in the development of China's electric bike industry.

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Consumer Product Category winner

Wu Yueshi
Chairman and Executive Director
Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd.

In less than 20 years, Mr. Wu has gone from working as a civil servant to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in China's dairy industry. He attributes his success to his independence of thinking and pioneer spirit.

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Consumer Product Category winner

Yeung Chun Fan
Vice Chairman and General Manager
The Glorious Sun Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Yeung Chun Fan is the key person contributed to the development of Glorious Sun Holdings Ltd. ("Glorious Sun"). In 1978, with the approval of the State Council Mr. Yeung set up the first group of factories involved in "Three Types of Processing plus Compensation Trades" in Shunde, China. His company has gone on to become a pioneer in the business of processing with supplied materials.

More


 Video

Health Science Category winner

Yin Weidong
Chairman and CEO
Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

More than 20 years ago, Mr. Yin Weidong determined to solve the problem of China's reliance on imported vaccines. His perseverance paid off, and in 1999 he invented the first inactivated HA vaccine in China. Mr. Yin continued his research through his company, Sinovac Biotech, which is now listed on the NASDAQ. His company has become a leader in pioneering an inactivated HA vaccine, inactivated SARS vaccine,Pandemic Influenza Vaccine (Inactived adjuvanted) and Influenza A H1N1 vaccine in China. In a race against time and mounting fatalities during the "swine flu" epidemic, Sinovac Biotech took just 87 days to prepare an Influenza A H1N1 vaccine and launch it on the market.

More


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Industrial Products Category winner

Shen Wenrong
Chairman of the Board and President
Jiangsu Shagang Group

In 1975, Shen Wenrong raised some funds to set up a steel rolling mill and started producing steel. Today, Shagang Group's total assets are approximately RMB140 billion and produces 29 million tons of iron, 35 million tons of steel and 33 million tons of rolled metal annually. Shagang Group has been the largest China's privately owned enterprises since 2009 with the highest total turnover amongst its peers. Shagang Group was the only Chinese privately owned enterprise being ranked in the world's top 500 enterprises in 2009.

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Industrial Products Category winner

Zhou Furen
Chairman and General Manager
Xiyang Group

Mr. Zhou Furen grew up in the poor and underdeveloped small mountain village of Xiyang in Haicheng, Liaoning Province. Today, this village is widely known as the home of Xiyang Group, which Mr. Zhou founded in 1988.

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Media and Entertainment Category winner

Wang Zhonglei
President
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation

Wang Zhonglei first started in business with his elder brother in 1994, then entered the film and TV industry in 1998. As Huayi Brothers Media Corporation ("Huayi Brothers") the Company was successfully listed in 2009 on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange — the first domestic film and TV company to be listed on that exchange. With its high standards of corporate governance, Huayi Brothers has achieved continuous improvement in its financial performance.

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Services Category winner

Dennis Lo
Chairman
Fairwood Holdings Limited

Dennis Lo joined Fairwood in 1977 when it had only two stores. By 1991, he had expanded the business to 52 stores and successfully listed the company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange during the same year. With the capital gained from the IPO, Mr. Lo aggressively expanded the business both in Hong Kong & China. He also developed a chain of casual Italian restaurants, offering customers a totally different eating experience.

More


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Services Category winner

Zhang Lan
Chairman
South Beauty Company Ltd.

In 2000, Zhang Lan founded South Beauty Food & Beverage Co., Ltd. ("South Beauty") which has developed into a restaurant chain with two distinct brands and over 50 restaurants in China. The company has won numerous awards in the domestic restaurant industry.

More


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Telecom Category winner

Ricky Wong
Chairman
City Telecom (HK) Ltd.

Mr. Wong founded City Telecom (HK) Ltd. ("City Telecom") with his cousin Paul Cheung in 1992.

City Telecom is known for launching the first long distance call-back service in Hong Kong, which provided consumers with cheap long distance call service and broke the city's monopoly long distance call market.

More


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