The Reading / Listening - Richest Man - Level 1

The magazine Bloomberg has named Mr Zhong Shanshan as China's richest man. The magazine said he is worth over $58 billion. He is $2 billion richer than the previous number one, Jack Ma, who is boss of the Internet giant Alibaba. Mr Zhong made his money from his Nongfu Spring bottled water company. He also makes vaccines. He is now 17th on the global rich list. He might move up that list in the future.



Zhong Shanshan, 66, was once a builder. He started his water company in 1996, just as China's market for bottled water started. Bottled water is a big industry in China. Most people prefer bottled water to tap water. Zhong's vaccine company is helping to fight against COVID-19. It is making a vaccine with the help of university researchers. Chinese media call Mr Zhong a "lone wolf" because he is rarely seen in public. He likes to keep himself to himself.

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The magazine
  2. he is worth
  3. He is $2 billion
  4. the previous number
  5. boss of the Internet
  6. Mr Zhong made
  7. 17th on the global rich
  8. He might move
  1. richer
  2. his money
  3. up that list
  4. Bloomberg
  5. list
  6. giant
  7. over $58 billion
  8. one

Paragraph 2

  1. Zhong Shanshan, 66, was
  2. China's market for bottled water
  3. a big industry
  4. prefer bottled water
  5. helping to fight
  6. with the help of university
  7. he is rarely
  8. He likes to keep himself
  1. researchers
  2. to tap water
  3. to himself
  4. started
  5. seen in public
  6. in China
  7. once a builder
  8. against COVID-19

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The magazine Bloomberg (1) ___________________ Zhong Shanshan as China's richest man. The magazine said (2) ___________________ over $58 billion. He is $2 billion richer than the (3) ___________________, Jack Ma, who is boss of the Internet giant Alibaba. Mr Zhong (4) ___________________ from his Nongfu Spring bottled water company. (5) ___________________ vaccines. He is now 17th on the global rich list. He might move up (6) ___________________ the future.

Zhong Shanshan, 66, (7) ___________________ builder. He started his water company in 1996, just as China's market for bottled water started. Bottled water is (8) ___________________ in China. Most people prefer bottled water (9) ___________________. Zhong's vaccine company is helping to fight against COVID-19. It is making a vaccine (10) ___________________ of university researchers. Chinese media call Mr Zhong a "lone wolf" because he (11) ___________________ in public. He likes to keep (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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estman.Themagazinesaidheisworthover$58billion.Heis$2billionrich
erthanthepreviousnumberone,JackMa,whoisbossoftheInternetgian
tAlibaba.MrZhongmadehismoneyfromhisNongfuSpringbottledwate
rcompany.Healsomakesvaccines.Heisnow17thontheglobalrichlist.H
emightmoveupthatlistinthefuture.ZhongShanshan,66,wasonceabu
ilder.Hestartedhiswatercompanyin1996,justasChina'smarketforbot
tlewaterstarted.BottledwaterisabigindustryinChina.Mostpeoplepref
erbottledwatertotapwater.Zhong'svaccinecompanyishelpingtofight
againstCOVID-19.Itismakingavaccinewiththehelpofuniversityresea
rchers.ChinesemediacallMrZhonga"lonewolf".becauseheisrarelysee
ninpublic.Helikestokeephimselftohimself.

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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