Top 10 best CEOs of China's listed companies

By Zhu Lingqing | chinadaily.com.cn
Updated: Oct 15, 2018

Forbes China has released the 2018 rankings of the top 50 best chief executive officers of China's listed companies, taking into account company performance, market shares, capitalization, net profit and growth rate.

The rankings cover people who have served as CEO for three consecutive fiscal years from 2015 to 2017 in Chinese companies listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share markets, as well as Hong Kong and other overseas markets.

Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, ranks first on the list, followed by Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang Yong, who will also become chairman next year, when Alibaba founder Jack Ma will step down from the company's chairmanship.

Wang Gaofei, the 40-year-old CEO of Chinese social media site Weibo, is the youngest on the list, while 64-year-old Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman and president of Gree Electric Appliances Inc, is the most senior.

The rankings include CEOs, presidents, general managers and bank presidents, depending on the company structure.

Let's take a look at the top 10 best CEOs of China's listed companies.

No 10 Tao Desheng, CEO of Livzon Pharmaceutical Group Inc

A file photo of Tao Desheng, CEO of Livzon Pharmaceutical Group Inc. [Photo/livzon.com.cn]

No 9 Liao Zengtai, president of Wanhua Chemical Group Co Ltd

Liao Zengtai, president of Wanhua Chemical Group Co Ltd. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 8 Wang Gaofei, CEO of Weibo

Wang Gaofei, CEO of the Chinese social media site Weibo, delivers a speech at the Forum on Internet Media of China held in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, Sept 6, 2018. [Photo/IC]

No 7 Li Liangbin, chairman and president of Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd

Li Liangbin, chairman and president of Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd. [Photo/jxnews.com.cn]

No 6 Han Jinyuan, chairman and CEO of China Oriental Group Co Ltd

Han Jingyuan, chairman and CEO of iron and steel producer China Oriental Group Co Ltd, poses for a portrait at the company's steel plant in Tangshan, Hebei province, Aug 29, 2009. [Photo/VCG]

No 5 Ma Mingzhe, chairman and CEO of Ping An Insurance (Group) Co

Ma Mingzhe, or Peter Ma, chairman and CEO of Ping An Insurance (Group) Co, is pictured in Hong Kong, March 26, 2016. [Photo/IC]

No 4 Li Baofang, chairman and general manager of Kweichow Moutai Group

Li Baofang, chairman and general manager of Kweichow Moutai Group, makes a speech in Tieling, Liaoning province, Sept 21, 2017. [Photo/IC]

No 3 Wang Zuji, president of China Construction Bank

Wang Zuji, president of China Construction Bank, poses for a photo in Hong Kong, June 17, 2016. [Photo/IC]

No 2 Daniel Zhang Yong, CEO of Alibaba Group

Daniel Zhang Yong, CEO of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group, delivers a speech during the 2018 Computing Conference at Yunqi Cloud Town in Hangzhou city, East China's Zhejiang province, Sept 19, 2018. [Photo/IC]

No 1 Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent

Tencent chairman and CEO Pony Ma Huateng attends the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Sept 17, 2018. [Photo/VCG]