by Getty Images via DaylifeBecoming a celebrity inside and outside China is an achievement few can put on their record, but Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun can do so. The best-selling author of the China Rich List has become so much of a household name, many Chinese even do not realize Hoogewerf is a foreigner living in Shanghai.
After two visits to the local bookstore in Jiangmen, Guangdong province, the Jiangmen Ribao praises the Luxembourg native extensively (in translation):
Many people have heard about Hu’s name, his Chinese name, but Hu is in fact a foreigner, the foreigner is also an “old China hand.” Hu has become an “old China hand”, after working as an accountant, he stayed in China, has superior language skills, and has a unique understanding of China’s national conditions and economic problems. “China is my second motherland,” he said.