Qinghou Zong

Chairman

China’s beverage billionaire believes charity is more about creating wealth for society than giving money away — the 68-year-old invests in poor and remote areas, alleviating poverty through job creation and education. Of the 435 million yuan his company has donated since its inception 26 years ago, 300 million yuan has gone towards education.

Company:

Hangzhou Wahaha Group

Net worth:

US$12.3 billion