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. Mr. Wang has served as Chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group since 1989.
Mr. Wang currently serves as vice chair of the China Charity Alliance, a nationwide NGO that works with other charity organizations to actively tackle various humanitarian issues across China; vice chair of the China Enterprise Confederation, a national, social, and economic organization functioning as a bridge and link between government and enterprises.
Wang Jianlin has been honored with several awards for achievements in philanthropy and business. He is a three-time recipient of the China Charity Award for his philanthropic efforts in the areas of education, poverty alleviation, and natural disaster relief. In 2013, Mr. Wang was awarded the title of Honorary President of the China Charity Federation. That same year Mr. Wang launched the “College Entrepreneur Program”, which provides start up funding for 100 students each year to open their own businesses within retail spaces located at Wanda Plaza shopping malls.
Mr. Wang was recognized by Forbes Asia as “Businessman of the Year” in 2013 and has been recognized by CCTV as “Chinese Economic Person of the Year” in both 2005 and 2012.
In 2015, he begins to serve as the Vice Chairman of Global Advisory Council of Harvard University.