- CompanyDalian Wanda Group
Wang Jianlin is China’s richest man, and he shows no signs of resting on his laurels. Already the world’s largest owner of movie theaters, Wanda has expanded aggressively into Hollywood this year, paying $3.5 billion for Legendary Entertainment, then announcing a $1 billion deal to buy Dick Clark Productions. Wang has perfectly played China’s evolving economy and politics (years ago relatives of the ruling Politburo were offered cheap stakes in Wanda) and is becoming a global symbol of Chinese business prowess. He’s overseeing the company’s fourth transformation in its 30 years, moving away from real estate and into consumer services, such as theme parks. That took Wanda to $44 billion in sales last year, roughly the same as Coca-Cola’ s, and he claims there’s a lot more to come.