Business analyst Shaun Rein dives deeper into the China economy as consumer confidence in first-tier cities is lower than he has seen in 27 years and the government’s economic targets focus on the next 3-5 years, he tells CNBC. The government is unwilling and unable to rely on stiff financial bazookas as it did in the previous crisis of 2008. Economic growth of 5 percent is enough for the government now, as it wants to diminish the gap between haves and have-nots, he adds.
London-based China veteran Mark Schaub summarizes in his China Chit-chat newsletter the meetings his law firm had with 24 Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) from China over the last three months of 2023. They were checking out opportunities in Europe and the Middle East, partly because their offspring was not really interested in joining their China business. They would look for lessons from their European counterparts but failed because of the differences between Chinese and Europeans, and because the concept of paying for professional legal advice did not yet take root among the Chinese visitors.
The 2023 Hurun China rich list sees changes, and Rupert Hoogewerf, the Hurun Report chairman and chief researcher, sees efforts to go global as a key factor for growing riches, he tells Reuters. PDD’s Temu, ByteDance’s short-video platform TikTok, and ultra-fast fashion brand Shein he sees as examples.
Consumer confidence in China might be down, and massive youth unemployment hurts the economy, but not for all consumers gloom is the message. Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok sees prospects for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) – compared to the middle class – within the luxury market, she tells in the Jing Daily.
China lost 229 billionaires in the last year as a faltering economy, sliding stocks and a depreciating yuan hit the country’s super-rich harder than their peers in any other nation, according to a new list published by Hurun Report. Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of Hurun Report, “Chinese entrepreneurs will actively look to expand abroad from this year as they have a global perspective,” says Hoogewerf, according to the South China Morning Post.
Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok picks five 2023 trends for luxury brands in China, from its ChoZan’s 2023 Mega Report. The first one: focus on your VIC’s, Very Important Clients. this and four more trends from the Jing Daily. Among them: expand the duty-free ecosystem, and adopt global pricing strategies.
Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf issued the most successful Chinese heritage brands list for 2022, raking the 550-year-old Pien Tze Huang, a traditional Chinese medicine brand, and a current valuation of just under US$30bn. “That makes it the Number One most successful Chinese Heritage Brand,” says Rupert Hoogewerf.
President Xi Jinping pushes the concept of “common prosperity to diminish China’s grasp between the poor and rich. China’s 49 richest tycoons have donated US$14 billion for that purpose, according to the Hurun China Philanthropy List 2022. “The top three on the list each donated around 15 billion yuan and came from internet companies,” says Hurun’s chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf in AsiaOne.
The shrinking economic growth hits the number of super-rich in China, reports the annual Hurun China rich list, reports Reuters. “This year has seen the biggest fall in the Hurun China Rich List of the last 24 years,” said Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of research firm Hurun Report which compiles the list.