Zhong Shanshan is the founder and chairman of Nongfu Spring, a bottled water company that listed its shares in Hong Kong in September 2020.
Hangzhou-born Zhong dropped out of elementary school during China's chaotic Cultural Revolution.
He later had jobs as a construction worker, a newspaper reporter and a beverage sales agent before starting his own business.
Zhong also controls Wantai Biological, which makes rapid diagnostic tests for infectious diseases including Covid-19.
His son Zhong Shu Zi is Nongfu Spring's non-executive director.
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