Vicki Zhao: Successful Actress and Billionaire
Vicki Zhao (趙薇) is a high achiever by all measures. The award-winning actress made her directorial debut with So Young <致我们终将逝去的青春>, which became one of China’s highest grossing films in 2013. She is also a very successful businesswoman with an estimated $3.6 billion HKD net worth.
In December 2014, Vicki and her husband Huang Youlong (黄有龙) paid $3.1 billion HKD for 9.18 percent of Alibaba Pictures through their company Gold Ocean Media, becoming the second largest shareholders of the film company. Alibaba Pictures’ upcoming project includes a sequel to Stephen Chow‘s (周星驰) Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons <西遊·降魔篇>.
Aside from her investments in the film industry, Vicki also possesses a winery in France. Vicki also invests in the stock market. It was speculated that Vicki earned over $1 billion HKD in her stock investments but lost roughly $790 million the very next week to due to volatile prices.
Juggling Acting and Business Careers
In recent years, many successful artistes have also become personal brands, extending their reach beyond the entertainment industry. Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), Jimmy Lin (林志穎), and Shu Qi (舒淇) are also very business savvy and established profitable ventures.
In 2008, Huang Xiaoming and several friends invested $6 million HKD for 1.8 million of Huayi Brothers’ shares. After a short few years, Xiaoming’s net worth is estimated at $100 million HKD. He began diversifying his businesses and began investing in restaurants, wine auctions, and golf courses. Aside from establishing his own production studio, he also owns shares of a hospital.
Since 1992, when Jimmy Lin was only 18 years old, he opened his first photography studio with friends. In its peak, the business expanded to seven photography studios. In 2000, Jimmy opened a software and monitoring systems technology company, targeting corporate clients, the military, and banks in Taiwan. He also owns a racing team, an e-commerce venture, and also developed green building materials.
Shu Qi partnered with friends Pauline Lan (藍心湄) and Matilda Tao (陶晶瑩) to open five restaurants in Taiwan. In addition, she also invested in other restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.