Waste Paper Woman Heads China Rich List

13 October 2006

BEIJING: China's wealthiest citizen - the richest self-made woman in the world - imports waste paper from the USA and recycles it into packaging, according to the nation's Hurun rich list.

Zhang Yin (49), founder and chairwoman of Guangdong-headquartered Nine Dragons Paper Industries, is reported to have a personal fortune of 27 billion yuan ($3.41bn; €2.72bn; £1.83bn).

In the world's female rich list she has overtaken UK children's author JK Rowling (creator of the Harry Potter phenomenon) and US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Data sourced from MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff