Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun
Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun

The founder of Hurun, China’s rich list Rupert Hoogewerf published a list of best-selling Chinese artists of the past 5000 years.  “What is remarkable is that 34 of the Top 100 are alive today,” Hoogewerf tells in

The Hurun Best-Selling Chinese Artists 2013, a ranking based on the sales volume of their work at public auction in 2012, was released by the Hurun Research Institute on May 9. Data for the list were provided by, a professional artwork portal in China.

“The artists on this list represent last year’s best-selling artists from 5000 years of Chinese history,” said Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of Hurun Report. “What is remarkable is that 34 of the Top 100 are alive today.”

Among the listed 100 artists, 76 finished their works after the foundation of People’s Republic of China in 1949. Among the top ten, nine are traditional Chinese ink painters, with Zhou Chunya being the only one still alive — and also the only non-Chinese ink painter.

Total sales of the top 100 artists reached US$4.1 billion; the threshold to be listed is US$10 million.

More in (including the top-10 paintings)

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Apart from art, also education is high on the investment agenda of China’s wealthy. The China Weekly Hangout discussed in February with HKU lecturer Paul Fox, and former NYU Shanghai lecturer Andrew Hupert whether education in China is a goldmine or a black hole, both for the students, and the educational institutions.

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