Wu Jinglian
Researcher at the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), economist
Age: 83

As one of China's preeminent economists, Wu Jinglian has won numerous awards, including the "Sun Yefang Economic Science Award," which he won five times, IAM's "Outstanding Achievement Award" in 2003, and the first "Outstanding Contribution to China Economics Award" in 2005. Wu won accolades for criticizing the Chinese stock market, saying it was not even up to the standards of a "well managed casino." He proposed new market rules to better protect individual investors.

Despite being in his 80s, Wu remains active in helping develop rural China. He established a fund to provide small loans to farmers in impoverished areas.

-- Zhang Maiwen

By Fortune China editors @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 12 2012: 9:09 AM ET
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