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50. Li Li
50. Li Li
Chairman, Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical

Li and his wife became the richest couple in China after taking their drug company public in May. Underwriter Goldman Sachs also did well: The bank's initial $5 million investment was worth more than $1 billion after the offering. The stock has eased back since then -- down 17% from its high in May -- but the company remains a strong player in heparin sodium products, which are used primarily to treat cardiovascular disease and cerebral vein maladies.


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