The Reading / Listening - Richest Man - Level 2

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



Zhong Shanshan, 66, was once a construction worker. He started his water company in 1996, just as China's market for bottled water was emerging. Bottled water is now a big industry in China. Most people who live in China prefer bottled water to tap water for health reasons. Zhong's vaccine company is helping in the fight against COVID-19. It is developing a spray vaccine with the help of researchers from a top university. Chinese media call Mr Zhong a "lone wolf" because he is rarely seen in public. He rarely gives interviews and 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. A businessman is
  2. Mr Zhong is worth
  3. richer than the previous
  4. the boss of the Internet
  5. He also makes
  6. a vaccine
  7. Mr Zhong is now 17th
  8. he will move up
  1. on the global rich list
  2. giant Alibaba
  3. over $58 billion
  4. that list
  5. manufacturer
  6. number one
  7. now the richest
  8. vaccines

Paragraph 2

  1. China's market for bottled water
  2. prefer bottled water
  3. helping in the fight
  4. developing a spray
  5. researchers from a
  6. Chinese media call Mr Zhong "
  7. he is rarely seen
  8. he likes to keep himself
  1. a "lone wolf
  2. was emerging
  3. to himself
  4. to tap water
  5. in public
  6. vaccine
  7. top university
  8. against COVID-19

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A businessman is (1) ___________________ man in China. The magazine Bloomberg's Billionaires Index named Mr Zhong Shanshan as China's richest man. The magazine said Mr Zhong                        (2) ___________________ $58 billion. He is $2 billion richer than the (3) ___________________, Jack Ma. Mr Ma is the boss of the Internet giant Alibaba. Mr Zhong made (4) ___________________ his Nongfu Spring bottled water company. He also makes vaccines. He is the chairman (5) ___________________ manufacturer. Mr Zhong is now 17th on the global rich list. It seems that he will move (6) ___________________ in the future.

Zhong Shanshan, 66, (7) ___________________ construction worker. He started his water company in 1996, just as China's market for bottled water was emerging. Bottled water is now (8) ___________________ in China. Most people who live in China prefer bottled water to tap water (9) ___________________. Zhong's vaccine company is helping in the fight against COVID-19. It is developing (10) ___________________ with the help of researchers from a top university. Chinese media call Mr Zhong a "lone wolf" because he (11) ___________________ in public. He rarely gives interviews and he likes to (12) ___________________ himself.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AbusinessmanisnowtherichestmaninChina.ThemagazineBloomber
g'sBillionairesIndexnamedMrZhongShanshanasChina'srichestman.
ThemagazinesaidMrZhongisworthover$58billion.Heis$2billionriche
rthanthepreviousnumberone,JackMa.MrMaisthebossoftheInternetg
iantAlibaba.MrZhongmadehismoneyfromhisNongfuSpringbottledw
atercompany.Healsomakesvaccines.Heisthechairmanofavaccinem
anufacturer.MrZhongisnow17thontheglobalrichlist.Itseemsthathew
illmoveupthatlistinthefuture.ZhongShanshan,66,wasonceaconstru
ctionworker.Hestartedhiswatercompanyin1996,justasChina'smark
etforbottlewaterwasemerging.BottledwaterisnowabigindustryinChi
na.MostpeoplewholiveinChinapreferbottledwatertotapwaterforheal
threasons.Zhong'svaccinecompanyishelpinginthefightagainstCOVI
D-19.Itisdevelopingasprayvaccinewiththehelpofresearchersfrom
atopuniversity.ChinesemediacallMrZhonga"lonewolf"becauseheisr
arelyseeninpublic.Herarelygivesinterviewsandhelikestokeephimself
tohimself.

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

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Free writing

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