Women's event group Herose Club announced its list of the 2017 Top 50 Chinese Businesswomen, produced in association with the Elite Summit of China Businesswomen (CFBES), in Shanghai on April 14.
The event was aimed at recognizing outstanding women in the business field who have promoted social development through reform and innovation.
The list included influential women who demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and achievements and inspired others. They were also invited to become honorary members of the Herose Club Council.
The organizers praised the contributions made by female entrepreneurs, such as increasing job opportunities, promoting Chinese enterprises' competitiveness and contributing to China's economic and social development.
Those who established gender diversity systems and fulfilled social responsibilities were also particularly singled out.
Dong Mingzhu, Chairman of the Gree Electric Appliances, who has invested much into the Yinlong New-Energy Vehicles Company, ranked first on the list.
Ant Financial Chairman Peng Lei ranked second. Huawei Chairman Sun Yafang, who has worked in the company for 18 years, occupied the third position.
Dubbed "mother of the Chu orange", Ma Jingfen, gained an Honorary Award. At the age of 85, she was also the oldest businesswoman on the list.
Ma jointly created the agricultural brand Chucheng, or Chu Orange, with her husband Chu Shijian.
Furthermore, on the list, there were nine Chinese female executives working in multinational enterprises.
Mobike founder Hu Weiwei; Zhang Yunlan from the Qingdao-based apparel maker Redcollar Group, and Liu Na of the Beijing-based BGI Genomics, were all shortlisted and from the younger generations.
(Source: sh.people.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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