Chinese politician has an estimated net worth of $1.51 billion.
Born on June 15, 1953, in Beijing, Jinping is currently the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Jinping is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a leader in the 1949 Communist takeover of China.
How did he make his billions?
Jinping went to ‘Tsinghua University’ in the capital city of Beijing to study chemical engineering – a university known for producing much of China’s governing elite.
He began his political career as an aide to Geng Biao in 1974. Geng was a top leader of the ‘People’s Liberation Army’. Jinping served three years as the party secretary in the Hebei province of China. He transferred to Fujian in 1985, where he worked in various party posts, beginning as Deputy Mayor of Xiamen.
In 1987, he transferred to Ningde, where he served as a district party chief. He launched a conservation campaign that beautified the major artery connecting Ningde to the greater Fujian province. He was the party leader in Fuzhou, the provincial capital, from 1998 to 2000.
In 2000, he was named Fujian’s provincial governor.
In 2003, he moved to the province of Zhejiang, where he served as governor and party secretary. During his tenure, private industry quadrupled its research and development investment in the province.
In 2007, he was picked to lead the party in Shanghai. The following year, he was named to the ‘Standing Committee of the Communist Party’ and—shortly thereafter—Vice President of the PRC.
In 2012, he assumed the position of ‘General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.’
Later that same year, Jinping was elected President, a title that confers upon him the position of head of state.
Among his writings is ‘The Governance of China,’ a compilation of political philosophy released in 2014 by ‘ICP Intercultural Press.’ It places among the top 50 in the ‘politics and government—Asian’ category of the Amazon rankings. In the same year, ‘Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press’ published ‘Approachable: The Charm of Xi Jinping’s Words’ – a collection of quotes by President Xi.
President Xi Jinping was honored by the Cuban government in 2014 with the ‘Order of José Marti,’ the highest honour Cuba can confer. Named for a revered revolutionary and writer, this award was given in recognition of his efforts to strengthen Cuban-Chinese ties, and to strengthen the socialist cause. In January 2017, he became the first Chinese President to plan to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.