20 Most Powerful Chinese Celebrities – Part 3

Mon, Apr 13, 2009

Chinese Culture, World Culture


In part 1 and part 2 of our 4 part series we looked at the most powerful Chinese celebrities ranked from 20 to 11.  Instead of just listing a simple one line description of these celebrities like the Forbes article China’s 25 Most Powerful Celebrities does, we were inspired to look a little more in-depth into who these celebrities are.  Today in part 3 we’ll look at Chinese celebrities ranked from 10 to 6.  In this group of celebrities we have a traditional Chinese instrument player, girl with white hair, an actress who didn’t listen to her parents, an extra who decided to become an actress, and a actress who opened her own TV production studio.

10.  Zhao Benshan

zhao-benshan-profileBest Known For: His skits on CCTV’s New Year’s Gala and more recently acting where in 2007 he won Best Actor at the Golden Horse Awards–the Chinese equivalent to the Oscars for his performance in Getting Home.

Basic Info: Chinese name is 赵本山 (Zhào Běnshān).  He is currently 50 (born in October 1958).  Born into a peasant family his parents passed away when he was 6 years old.  After that he lived with his blind uncle who taught him various traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu (a two stringed violin), suona (chinese trumpet), and the sanxian (a three stringged plucked instrument).  It was with these skills and his sense of humor which got him his first performance on CCTV’s New Year’s Gala in 1987.  All his hardwork made him $2.9 Million in 2007.


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9.  Li Bingbing

li-bingbing-profileBest Known For: Her co-starring role in the 2005 romantic comedy Waiting Alone where she was nominated for Best Actress by the Chinese Film Academy.  More recently western audiences might recognize her in the Jet Li and Jackie Chan movie collaboration The Forbidden Kingdom where she played Ni Chang (the girl with the crazy white hair).

Basic Info: Chinese name is 李冰冰 (Lǐ Bīngbīng).  She is currently 33 (birthday is February 27, 1976) and was born in Harbin, China.  Interestingly she never had any intention of being an actress.  She went to school to become a teacher, but after finishing school on a friend’s suggestion she decided to give acting a shot by enrolling in the Shanghai Drama Institute.  The rest is history, albeit a lucrative history, as in 2007 she made $2.9 Million.


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8.  Zhou Xun

zhou-xun-profileBest Known For: Being part of the “Four Young Dan actresses” along with Zhang Ziyi, Xu Jinglei and Zhao Wei.   She won numerous awards for best actress for her performance in  Perhaps Love.

Basic Info: Chinese name is 周迅 (Zhōu Xùn).  She is currently 32 (birthday is October 18, 1976) and was born in Quzhou, China.  Against her parent’s wishes she wanted to pursue a career and education in the dramatic arts.  She eventually was accepted to Zhejiang Arts Institute and from there launched her career.  In addition to acting she is also known for her singing career launch 2 different albums and as well singing on the soundtracks for some of the movies she’s been a part of.  In 2007 she made $3.6 Million.

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7.  Zhao Wei

zhao-wei-profileBest Known for: Being part of the “Four Young Dan actresses” along with Xu Jinglei, Zhang Ziyi and Zhou Xun. Starring in numerous film projects including lending her voice as Princess Fiona in Shrek 2.

Basic info: Chinese name is 趙薇 (Zhào Wéi) and sometimes goes by the English name Vicki Zhao.  Currently is 33 (birthday is March 12, 1976) and was born in Wuhu, China.  She got her start in acting by being cast as an extra on the set of a movie.  Before she claimed never to have an interest in acting once saying that she thought actresses had to be beautiful and she thought herself ordinary.  However, after that experience as an extra she decided to pursue her acting career.  In addition to acting she has been studying to become a director and has a successful singing career as well.  In 2007 she made $2.8 Million.

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6.  Fan Bingbing

fan-bingbing-profileBest Known For: For her role as Jin Suo, a fragile maid, in the Chinese TV soap opera show Huan Zhu Ge Ge and its sequel Huan Zhu Ge Ge 2.  Recently she starred in the controversial movie Lost in Beijing which was banned in China for its depiction of sex, rape, and prostituion.

Basic Info: Chinese name is 范冰冰 (Fàn Bīngbīng) and sometimes has been known by her nicknames Bingbing or Baobao.  She is currently 27 (birthday is September 16, 1981) and was born in Qingdao, China.  She has transitioned her image from that of the pure “fragile” girl to that of a sexy woman thanks in part to the more recent roles she has played.  She also opened her own TV production studio which produced a TV show called “Rouge Snow.”  All her efforts made her $2.8 Million in 2007.


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