Fortune: $2.13 billion
Company: Nanshan Group
Song Zuowen is president of Nanshan Group, which has nearly 60 subsidiaries and controls one of China's largest aluminum manufacturers - Shandong Nanshan Aluminum. He has also been a member of China's legislature since 2003.
Nanshan was founded in 1978 by a group of villagers in Shandong province, under Song's leadership. Today, the group runs businesses in energy, construction, education and tourism. The company has two Shanghai-listed subsidiaries - Shandong Nanshan Fabric and Garment, and Shandong Nanshan Aluminum.
Last year, Nanshan Aluminum announced a plan to build a manufacturing plant in the U.S. state of Indiana at a cost of $161 million. Nanshan Aluminum posted an over 30 percent year-on-year increase in net profits in 2011.
Song has a 49 percent stake in the group, according to Forbes. His eldest son Song Jianbo has been the chairman of Nanshan Aluminum since 1999, the year it went public.
Song Zuowen started the Yantai Nanshan University in his coastal hometown of Longkou in 1999. He was among the 10 most influential people in China's private education sector in 2006, according to the Ministry of Education.