The Reading / Listening - Richest Man - Level 0

The magazine Bloomberg has named Mr Zhong Shanshan as China's richest man. He is worth $58 billion. He is $2 billion richer than the previous number one. Mr Zhong made his money from his bottled water company. He also makes vaccines. Zhong is 17th on the global rich list. He might move up that list in the future.



Zhong Shanshan, 66, started his water company in 1996. This is when China's bottled water market started. It is big business in China. Most people prefer bottled water to tap water. Zhong's vaccine company is making a vaccine to fight COVID-19. China's media call Mr Zhong a "lone wolf". He is rarely seen in public.

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Sources
  • https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bottled-water-billionaire-pips-jack-ma-to-become-china-s-richest--13143916
  • https://www.ft.com/content/14143352-5316-467f-aeb8-7f5200e4ac3f
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/24/business/china-zhong-shanshan-nongfu-intl-hnk/index.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. He is worth
  2. He is $2 billion
  3. the previous number
  4. Mr Zhong made
  5. He also makes
  6. 17th on the
  7. He might move up
  8. in the
  1. global rich list
  2. his money
  3. future
  4. $58 billion
  5. that list
  6. richer
  7. vaccines
  8. one

Paragraph 2

  1. when China's bottled water
  2. It is big
  3. people prefer bottled water
  4. making a
  5. fight
  6. China's
  7. a lone
  8. He is rarely seen
  1. in public
  2. vaccine
  3. business in China
  4. wolf
  5. media
  6. market started
  7. COVID-19
  8. to tap water

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The magazine Bloomberg has named Mr Zhong Shanshan as China's richest man. (1) ___________________ $58 billion. He is $2 billion richer than the (2) ___________________. Mr Zhong (3) ___________________ from his bottled water company. (4) ___________________ vaccines. Zhong is 17th on the global rich list. He (5) ___________________ that list (6) ___________________.

Zhong Shanshan, 66, (7) ___________________ company in 1996. (8) ___________________ China's bottled water market started. It is (9) ___________________ China. Most people prefer bottled (10) ___________________ water. Zhong's vaccine company is making a (11) ___________________ COVID-19. China's media call Mr Zhong a "lone wolf". He is (12) ___________________ public.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThemagazineBloomberghasnamedMrZhongShanshanasChina'srich
estman.Heisworth$58billion.Heis$2billionricherthanthepreviousnu
mberone.MrZhongmadehismoneyfromhisbottledwatercompany.He
alsomakesvaccines.Zhongis17thontheglobalrichlist.Hemightmoveu
pthatlistinthefuture.ZhongShanshan,66,startedhiswatercompanyin
1996.ThisiswhenChina'sbottlewatermarketstarted.Itisbigbusinessi
nChina.Mostpeoplepreferbottledwatertotapwater.Zhong'svaccinec
ompanyismakingavaccinetofightCOVID-19.China'smediacallMrZ
honga"lonewolf".Heisrarelyseeninpublic.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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