A Chinese actress, film director, and pop singer, Zhao Wei have amassed a net worth of one billion dollars over the course of her career. In China, she is regarded as one of the Four Dan Actresses for her work in the entertainment industry. She became extremely wealthy after making early investments in a number of different media and technology companies, the most successful of which was Alibaba Pictures.
Zhao Wei Early Life
In March of 1976, Zhao Wei was born in the city of Wuhu in the province of Anhui, China. Even though she was still in high school at the time, she was able to land a cameo role in the film “A Soul Haunted by Painting,” which was being shot in Wuhu at the time.
After going through this, she realized how much she enjoyed performing and made the decision to submit an application to the Beijing Film Academy.
Zhao Wei Career
She first played the character of Xiao Yan Zi in the television series Huan zhu ge ge in 1998, and then she returned to it in 1999 for the sequel, Huan zhu ge ge 2.
In the same year, she had a starring role in the television series titled My Cousin Ji Xiang. Treasure Venture, a television series that began airing in 2000, featured Zhao in the role of Lu Jianping. She played the role of Lu Yiping in the television series Profound Love in Heavy Rain, which aired in 2001.
In the television series Moment in Peking, which debuted in 2005, Zhao played the role of Yao Mulan. In the television series Fast Track Love, she played the role of Chen Xiaoxiao in the year 2006. In the television series Thanks for Having Loved Me from 2007, she played the role of Tan Yuwei.
She made her debut in the role of Tian Sufei in the television series An Epic of a Woman in the year 2009. Wei has also had leading roles in the films Penitentiary Angel, East Palace, West Palace, Déjà vu 2000, The Duel, Shaolin Soccer, So Close, Chinese Odyssey 2002, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, My Dream Girl, Green Tea, Jade Goddess of Mercy, A Time to Love, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt, The Longest Night in Shanghai, Red Cliff I, Painted Skin, Red Cliff II, Mulan, The Founding of a Republic, 14 Blades, LOVE, Pain.
Zhao Wei Awards Music Career
She has received accolades from the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Changchun Film Festival, the Chinese American Film Festival, the Chinese Film Media Awards, the Golden Eagle Awards, the Golden Phoenix Awards, the Golden Rooster Awards, the Hundred Flowers Awards, and the MTV Asia Awards.
Wei has also published seven studio albums, each of which included a number one hit. She has also received many accolades for her singing.
Alibaba Pictures Investment
In 2014, the computer magnate Jack Ma purchased sixty percent of a Chinese production company that was on its way down. After that, Jack suggested to his close friend Zhao and her husband Huang that they also get involved in the investment venture. As a result, Zhao and Huang reportedly spent $400 million to acquire a 10 percent interest in the company.
That’s how much money she had already accumulated. Zhao is now considered to be one of the wealthiest performers in the world thanks to that investment. It has been reported that this equity position alone is worth more than one billion dollars.