Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Uptown Girl

One-upping Brad PItt and Leo DiCaprio

Zhang Xin, CEO of real estate firm SOHO China, is one of the wealthiest women in China and the world. Her net worth is estimated at $3.6 billion. By developing and managing some of Beijing’s landmark commercial properties, she has risen to be wealthier than Oprah Winfrey and, in a sweet twist of justice for anyone with a modicum of taste, Donald Trump.
Now, in a small way, she has one-upped Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio by outbidding them on a tony (pictured) Manhattan townhouse, paying $26 million. The New York pied-a-terre features a roof terrace with a custom-built hot tub, a wine cellar, English garden, and a fitness floor with a waterfall, swimming pool and sauna.
By her own telling, she started from humble beginnings, sleeping on factory floors until a teenager. She scraped up enough savings and savvy to be educated at Cambridge University in the UK. After graduation, she worked at Goldman Sachs before returning home to China to seek her real fortune. She’s someone who has seen what life can dish out and take away. As such, a little star power is hardly going to phase this extraordinary woman.

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