Born in 1954, Wang Jianlin served in the Army between 1970 and 1986, at which time he was appointed Office Director of the Xigang District Government in Dalian. He has served as Chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group since 1989.
Wang Jianlin has previously served as a deputy to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. He was also a member of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee and has also served as a vice chair of the 11th Congress of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He currently serves as vice chair of the China Charity Confederation; vice chair of the China Folk Chamber of Commerce; vice chair of the China Enterprise Confederation and the China Enterprise Directors Association; vice chair of the China General Chamber of Commerce; vice-chair of the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University.
Wang Jianlin has been honored with several awards for outstanding achievements in business management and corporate social responsibility.
2005 Received the title of “The Most Devoted Donator of Charity” awarded at the 1st“China Charity Awards” organized by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
2007 Honored as an “Outstanding Entrepreneur for Employee Care”, jointly awarded by All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce and All-China Federation of Trade Unions
2008 Won the “May 1st” Labor Medal.
2008 Received the title of “the Most devoted donator of charity” awarded at the 4th “China Charity Awards” organized by Ministry of Civil Affairs
2009 Won the title of “Model Individual for Supporting handicapped and disabled”, awarded by the State Council. And honored as “Business Leader of the decade” by CCTV.
2010 Honored as “Model Individual in Earthquake Relief Work in Yushu” by CPC Central Committee, the State Council, and the CMC.
2011 Honored as a “Model Individual for Contribution to the Building of A Well-off Society” by a number of departments, including the United Front Work Department of CPC Central Committee, the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China.
2012 Elected as "2012 CCTV China Economic Person of the Year " for a second time after 2005.
2013 Elected as Forbes Asia's “Businessman of the Year”. Selected by "Foreign Policy" magazine as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers”.
2014 Named " 2013 Chinese Culture Industry Person of the Year".
2014 Named as an “Outstanding Individual for Poverty Alleviation” by the State Council.
2014 Topped the list of Chinese Philanthropists of Forbes China with a cash donation of RMB440 million. Made top 3 of the list for the 4th consecutive year.
2014 Awarded the “Annual Investment Prize of Spain”, an award for the most influential corporate or individual to Chinese-Western relations.
2015 Accepted the invitation from Drew Faust, President of Harvard University, to assume the position of Vice-Chair of the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University.
2015 Topped the list of 2014 Chinese Philanthropists of Forbes China
2015 Named one of the “Top 10 Persons in Electronic Commerce” by China Electronic Commerce Research Center.
2015 Named “The Best CEO in Asia” by the Asia Corporate Governance magazine. Wanda Group also won the prizes of “Best Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia” and “Top Investor Relations in Asia”.
2015 Named one of the “Top 10 Global Self-made Billionaire” by Wealth-X, and was the only Asian entrepreneur on the list.
2015 Selected as one of the “Most Influential 50 in the World” by Bloomberg, ranked at 37.
2016 “You Bring Charm to the World Award”, jointly conferred by a dozen of well-known domestic and overseas Chinese media including Phoenix Television and ifeng.com
2016 Hollywood Reporter “Top 10 China Power Players”, ranking first
2016 Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming the first Chinese mainland entrepreneur to win the prestigious award