Watch Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin Sing for His Staff at Corporate Gathering
An avid karaoke fan, China's richest man is making such performances into an annual tradition at his conglomerate.
When China's richest man wants to sing, he sings — and the whole company listens.
In what's becoming an annual tradition, Wang Jianlin, the billionaire chairman of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, took to the stage at his company's year-end corporate gathering in eastern China over the weekend.
With the backing of a live band and professional dancers, the 62-year-old executive belted out some Chinese rock songs and a piece of Chinese opera, as well as a romantic ballad. The conference hall full of Wanda staffers sang along and snapped photos. Wanda then posted videos of the performances to YouTube.
Wang made his singing debut at a similar private Wanda event last year.
Like many Chinese of his generation, the Wanda chief is a noted karaoke fan. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in Beijing last year, he said he tends to prefer singing Chinese indie rock, as it "feels freer."
"We actually spent a night of karaoke together once in Beijing," Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of DreamWorks Animation, told THR in October. "He has quite a good voice and we had many laughs."
Watch the Wanda chief's rendition of "Waiting," a classic Chinese love song, below.