Xin Zhang

Zhang Xin

Credited with transforming Beijing’s real estate scene, her high-profile company Soho China is known for working with acclaimed architects such as Zaha Hadid. Now 49, she has come a long way from her days working in garment factories in Hong Kong to supplement the scholarship money she received for her university education — first at Sussex, then Cambridge — in England. After working at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street, she returned to Beijing to seek her fortune at home.