STUNTWOMAN: Zhang Xin
STUNT: Real Estate Entrepreneur
Xin is an iconic example of Chinese entrepreneurial success and one of the very few self-made female billionaires in the world. A story like her's seems almost untrue, given her beginnings though. At the age of 14, she lived in a room just big enough for two bunk beds; her and her mother. In the meantime, Xin spent her days working in a sweat shop making garments and electronic products, working 12-hour shifts, for 4 years! We can all just imagine what a sweatshop would be like for a teenage girl with ambitions to just survive. Eventually she did get out, saving enough money to move to London to be educated, sparking her meteoric rise. It was these years in the sweatshop that would prepare her for the long hours and grueling work necessary to not only launch a company, but IPO it in 2007. And if this didn't sound like enough, she also found the time to balance being a mother of 2 boys.
The trait that Xin learned while making garments and electronics, living at the bottom of the food chain, is what has enabled her to persistently grow SOHO China. Though all STUNTWOMEN have a strong work ethic, she is in a league of her own. The remanence of this strong influence can be seen when she is spending considerable time on a construction site for one of her commercial buildings. She loves being on the site, even taking pictures and talking with the workers, because she is well aware of what its like to work that hard.