Photo Gallery China's Rich Political Families

One thing China's current and former political leaders have in common is that either they or their families are connected to leading jobs in the business world. Many have amassed their own fortunes.
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Hu Jintao, Chinese president and general secretary of the Communist Party

Hu's son Hu Haifeng is the former president of the state-owned company Nuctech, which produces security scanners and practically enjoyed a monopoly after Hu Haifeng's appointment. Hu Haifeng became the party secretary of Tsinghua Holdings in 2008 and left the company after it was accused of corruption by the government of Namibia.

Hu Jintao's son-in-law Daniel Mao was, until a few years ago, the head of the Internet portal His fortune was estimated in 2003 to be worth between $35 million and $60 million.

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Xi Jinping, designated leader of the Communist Party in China and the country's vice president

Xi's sister Qiaoqiao, together with her husband and their daughter, own shares in various companies worth more than $390 million, in addition to properties worth more than $55 million.

His brother-in-law Deng represents a firm that received a government contract worth $160 million to build a bridge.

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Wen Jibao, China's prime minister and head of government

Wen's son Wen Yunsong is the head of a state-owned satellite communication company, which is expected to become the biggest of its kind in Asia within three years. He also founded an investment company in 2005 that amassed over $2.5 billion in funds from international banks like UBS and Deutsche Bank.

His wife Zhang Peili is a precious stone expert and reportedly has extensive real estate holdings and shares in jewelry companies. She has a reputation for making things happen.

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Wu Bangguo, a member of the Central Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress

Wu's brother Wu Bangjie is the chairman of the company Shanghai Kaiwan Investment Management and worked until 2004 as the director of the public enterprise China Gas Holdings.

His other brother, Wu Bangsheng, is the chief representative of three companies in Shanghai with real estate, manufacturing and investment interests.

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He Guoqiang, member of the Central Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

He is known as one of the loudest champions of a "clean" Communist Party. He was, however, the deputy secretary of the Fujian provincial party committee during a big smuggling scandal there. He also was party secretary in Chongqing at a time when there was a scandal involving the disappearance of considerable funds in connection with the construction work on the Three Gorges Dam.

His brother He Xiqiang is the vice president of the state-owned energy supplier, China Southern Power Grid.

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Jia Qinglin, member of the Central Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China

Within the leadership's inner-circle, Jia's the person who is most in danger of getting replaced. There have already been repeated corruption allegations against him. During his time as the party secretary in Fujian in the mid-1990s, there was a smuggling scandal involving billions of dollars. He left his wife because of her supposed entanglement with shady businesses. According to media reporters, both his son and son-in-law fled abroad to avoid possible criminal prosecution.

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Zhou Yongkang, member of the Politburo, responsible for domestic security

Zhou's son Zhou Bin reportedly has amassed a substantial fortune with help of the ostracized politician Bo Xilai. He's known in business circles for intimidating competitors, including foreign companies, allegedly with the help of his father's security apparatus.

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Jiang Zemin, former president and party leader

With the son of Taiwan's richest tycoon, his son Jiang Mianheng founded Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, one of the first microchip companies in the People's Republic. He works today for the influential fund Shanghai Alliance Investment. The company holds shares in the Bank of Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines and the Hong Kong-based TV company Phoenix.

Jiang's grandson Jiang Zchicheng was hired by Goldman Sachs in 2010 as a "business analyst."

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