Shi Zhengrong
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Shi Zhengrong
Shi Zhengrong
Shi Zhengrong - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Shi at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2012
Native name (Sh? Zhèngróng)
Born Mr. Chen
(1963-02-10) 10 February 1963 (age 55)
Yangzhong, Jiangsu, China
Alma mater Changchun University of Science and Technology
University of New South Wales
Occupation Founder, former Chairman & CEO
Suntech Power
Net worth Decrease US$2.9 billion (2008)[1]
Zhang Wei
Relatives Chen Henglong
(twin brother)

Shi Zhengrong (Chinese: ; pinyin: Sh? Zhèngróng, born on February 10, 1963[2]) is a Chinese-Australian businessman. He is the founder and, up to March 2013, chairman and chief executive officer of Suntech Power.


Shi was born in Yangzhong, Jiangsu province, China. His identical twin brother is Chen Henglong, who is also a tycoon. He finished his undergraduate study at Changchun University of Science and Technology in Changchun, and obtained his Master's degree from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.[3] Afterward, Shi went to the University of New South Wales's School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering where he obtained his doctorate degree on solar power technology.[4]

He acquired Australian citizenship[5] and returned to China in 2001 to set up his solar power company - Suntech Power. According to Hurun Report's China Rich List 2013, he had a personal net worth of US$330 million.[6]

Shi was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009.

Amid fierce price competition on its products, on 20 March 2013, the Suntech board declared bankruptcy in the wake of defaulting on US$541 million-worth of bonds, Shi having been ousted from the chairmanship earlier that month. The Financial Times, quoting the Shanghai Securities News, reported at the time that Shi's movements were being restricted and that he was not allowed to leave China pending an investigation into his role at Suntech.[7] By 2016, he was living in Shanghai and frequently visiting Australia.[8]


He has donated funds to a renewable energy research unit at the University of NSW, Australia "because he felt it was not getting an appropriate level of government support", according to Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne.[9]


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  2. ^ "The alternative rich list". 2006-09-22. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ . Reuters  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
  5. ^ "#396 Shi Zhengrong". The World's Billionaires. Forbes. 2008-03-05. 
  6. ^ "China Rich List 2013". Hurun Report. Archived from the original on 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ Financial Times, Dark times for Suntech's solar star.
  8. ^ The Australian, Shi Zhengrong: the Sun King's new dawn.
  9. ^ 'Climate of fear' in solar research[permanent dead link], The Canberra Times, 30 May 2006. Accessed 5 June 2006.

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