Li Hejun

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Li Hejun (李河君) is chairman and CEO of Hanergy Holdings, a Beijing-based thin-film photovoltaic solar panel manufacturer.

The energy tycoon ousts e-commerce giant Alibaba's founder Jack Ma as the China's richest man with a fortune of $US26 billion, according to Hurun Global Rich List published on February 3, 2015. Li is the 12th person to top the annual list in the past 16 years. With his wealth nearly tripling from a year ago, his global ranking jumped 108 notches to number 28, the list said.

Established in 1994, Li's business empire covers the hydropower, solar energy and wind energy sectors.

On May 20, 2016, China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group announced that its founder and main shareholder Li Hejun has stepped down as chairman of the board and executive director.

Li's resignation came a year after Hanergy's Hong Kong-listed shares were suspended after plunging 47 percent in half an hour, wiping out 19 billion U.S. dollars in value.