Tianfu Lin

Lin Tianfu

Lin, 52, founded a small sports shoe export business in 1986, and launched the Guirenniao shoe brand in 2002. He focused on China’s second- to fourth-tier cities, banking on the country’s enormous market for consumer goods. Last year, his athletic footwear and apparel company went public on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Lim’s other businesses include manufacturing, design and IT.