Li Xiting (Singapore Billionaire)
|Education||Bachelor of Science (Physics)|
|Alma mater||University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)|
|Home town||Dangshan, Anhui province, China|
Li Xiting (born 1951) is a naturalised Singapore citizen and the co-founder of the medical device manufacturer and distributor, Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics. He is also the Chairman of the company. According to Forbes, Li Xiting is the richest individual in Singapore in 2021. Based on news reports, he has been a Singapore citizen since at least 2018. Li Xiting has a reported net worth of $24 billion (as of 8 April 2022).
Li Xiting was born in Dangshan, a county in the Anhui province of Eastern China in 1951. At 18 years old, he reportedly joined the Chinese army before taking his college entrance examinations in 1973.
Li Xiting studied cryogenic physics at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He graduated from USTC in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science. In the 1980s, Li Xiting was a visiting scholar at the University of Paris-Sud in France.
After graduating from university, Li Xiting worked as a researcher at various academic institutes. He had reportedly worked at the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics before being transferred in 1987 to Anke Technology Company in Shenzhen where he worked for four years.
Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics (1991 - current)
Since founding Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics in 1991, Li Xiting has been lauded as one of China's top entrepreneurial figures for his contributions to worldwide healthcare. In the capacity of the company’s Director, President and co-CEO, he was at the forefront of Mindray’s business expansion. In 2012, Li Xiting was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mindray following Xu Hang’s resignation. Co-founder Xu Hang said the following about his successor:
“I am very pleased that Mr Li will continue to lead the company. I strongly believe that under his leadership, Mindray will execute its strategies successfully and be able to further accelerate its growth and expansion."
In November 2019, Li Xiting was appointed as the Chairman of the company and also its international arm. That year, he was China’s 27th richest individual with a net worth of $8.55 billion. As of 2020, Mindray has 17 subsidiaries in China and operates in 30 countries. The company produces healthcare devices such as health monitoring systems, ventilators, defibrillators, anaesthesia machines and infusion systems.
Impact of COVID-19
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Li Xiting added US$3.5 billion to his net worth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s stock price had also increased by about 50 per cent due to the increased demand for ventilators. South China Morning Post reported that Mindray had a sharp increase in orders from about 100 countries in March 2020. Mindray shipped around 5,000 patient monitors and 400 ventilators - among other devices - to Italy in March 2020. Responding to the increasing demand for his company’s products during this period, Li Xiting said:
“In a time when the mission to save lives is more important than ever, we are doing all we can to bring healthcare within reach. To date, we have donated US$4.6 million of devices to hospitals all over the world.”
According to a report by The Straits Times that was published in April 2020, Mindray produced 3,000 ventilators a month.
In 2010, Li Xiting donated 500,000 RMB in his own name to aid the earthquake relief efforts in Yushu, Qinghai. His donation was a part of the 4.7 million RMB contribution by the entire Mindray company. Later that year, Li Xiting donated 4.8 million RMB to his alma mater, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) at an official donation ceremony. Speaking about his donation, he said:
"As an alumnus of USTC, I feel obliged to give (a) donation to my alma mater for her cultivation on me when I am capable to do so."
In 2017, Li Xiting reportedly donated US$3 million to Suqian city in Jiangsu province to alleviate poverty in the area and US$1.5 million to Daishan County in Zhejiang province to support its Tourism Development Fund. When the COVID-19 virus was rapidly spreading in Wuhan, China, Li Xiting travelled to the city to support the construction of its emergency field hospitals.
Forbes’ Billionaires list
According to Forbes, Li Xiting is the richest individual in Singapore in 2021. In 2022, he was still the richest Singaporean on the annual Forbes’ 2022 World Billionaire List, but dropped in position from No. 82 to No.94. He is also ahead of other notable Singaporean billionaires such as Forrest Li, Hai Di Lao founder Zhang Yong, and the real-estate based Kwee brothers.
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