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Top 10 best-performing CEOs in China
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Thursday, December 06, 2018, 18:07 By chinadaily.com.cn

The Harvard Business Review released its Top 100 Best-Performing CEOs in China list for the third consecutive year in November, evaluating long-term performance of Chinese CEOs. There are 35 newcomers this year, and 43 have been on the list sometime in the past three years. Ninety-six are founders of their companies or are promoted internally, with an average tenure of 15.9 years.

Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Chinese IT behemoth Tencent Holdings, topped the list in terms of financial returns. Ma has ranked No 1 financially for three consecutive years. He is also the only entrepreneur from the Chinese mainland who ranked in the Top 100 world's best-performing CEOs over the past three years. Total shareholder return during Ma's tenure reached 49,214.35 percent, bringing the company's aggregate market value in excess of $HK 2.5 trillion.

Forty-nine CEOs on this year's list are from industries including information and technology, real estate and consumer products. Six female CEOs made this year's list, a 50 percent growth compared to last year.

Let's take a look at the Top 10 best-performing CEOs in China in 2018.

Zhang Jindong, chairman of Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd, speaks during the Suning Sports Awards and Expedition Ceremony of Jiangsu Suning Football Club 2017 in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, on Feb 18, 2017. [Photo/IC]

No 10 Zhang Jindong

Company: Suning Holdings

Industry: Retail

Robin Li Yanhong, chairman and CEO of Baidu Inc., speaks at a sub-forum during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2018. [Photo/IC]

Start year: 1990

No 9 Robin Li Yanhong

Company: Baidu Inc.

Industry: Information technology

Start year: 2000

Xu Lianjie, CEO of Hengan International, attends the group's 30th anniversary celebration in Quanzhou, East China's Fujian province, on Dec 18, 2014. [Photo/IC]

No 8 Xu Lianjie

Company: Hengan International

Industry: Consumer Products

Start year: 1998

Ma Jianrong, chairman of Shenzhou International, speaks at a conference in Hangzhou, Zhejiang on Jan 24, 2016. [Photo/IC]

No 7 Ma Jianrong

Company: Shenzhou International

Industry: Consumer Products

Gui Shengyue, CEO of Geely Automobile, speaks to the media on May 26, 2018. [Photo/IC]

Start year: 2005

No 6 Gui Shengyue

Company: Geely Automobile

Industry: Automobile

Start year: 2006

Pan Zhengmin, left, CEO of AAC Technologies, is seen in Hong Kong on June 12, 2017. [Photo/IC]

No 5 Benjamin Pan Zhengmin

Company: AAC Technologies

Industry: Information technology

Start year: 1993

Sun Yang, CEO of Sunny Optical Technology, speaks at the Entrepreneur Day event in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province, on Aug 9, 2018. [Photo/IC]

No 4 Sun Yang

Company: Sunny Optical Technology

Industry: Information technology

Start year: 2009

Sun Piaoyang, chairman of Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co, Ltd, attends a panel discussion in Beijing on March 4, 2016. [Photo/IC]

No 3 Sun Piaoyang

Company: Hengrui Medicine

Industry: Medicine

Start year: 1997

Lv Zhihe, chairman of Galaxy Entertainment, waves to an audience in Hong Kong on Aug 9, 2018. [Photo/IC]

No 2 Lv Zhihe

Company: Galaxy Entertainment

Industry: Customer service

Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, attends a sub-forum during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2018. [Photo/IC]

Start year: 1991

No 1 Pony Ma Huateng

Company: Tencent Holdings

Industry: Information Technology

Start year: 1998

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