Fosun Group, the largest private conglomerate in China, has been on what looks like a no holds-barred acquisition spree for a few years now. It controls the largest number of listed companies in China. It has invested in sectors as diverse as fashion, films and tourism outside China, whereas within China, the company relies heavily on its industrial operations. It is known for having a good relationship with the government, yet last year, Fosun’s founder suddenly disappeared to supposedly assist a graft investigation. How has Fosun scaled up? How do the acquisitions tie in with its business model? And will it realize its ambitions of becoming China’s Berkshire Hathaway?
This week, trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange exceeded RMB 1 trillion causing a major software glitch; China’s factory activity slowed (again); and Visa and MasterCard finally got a level playing field.
Tencent launched China’s first private bank, local governments vowed to crack down on ride-hailing apps, and with China set to miss its growth targets, it is being speculated that the much needed economic rebalancing has finally kicked in.
Chinese outbound investment in entertainment is growing phenomenally. A look at the big deals like Dalian Wanda’s purchase of US-based AMC Entertainment.
Anbang Insurance’s purchase of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel stunned many, but it’s only the tip of the Chinese outbound investment iceberg. In the first of our series on Chinese outbound investment, we take a look at the biggest real estate purchases made by Chinese companies.
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