A native of Sinchuan, Liu Yongxing is today one of the richest businessmen in China. In 1982, he established Hope Group along with his 3 brothers, and then the Hope Research Center in 1986. He continued his business methods for a few years, and then created the Chengdu Hope Group in 1990s. The 3 brothers split amicably in 1995, after which Liu Yongxing setup Hope Oriental Corporation, and became its chairman. He also created Strong Group in the same year. East Hope Group currently employs more than 18,000 people, and is diversified into a number of industrial materials, like aluminum.
Owing to his humble beginnings and massive contributions, Lui Yongxing is often referred to as therichest chicken farmer in China. In 1982, Liu, along with his 3 brothers, gave up their government jobs, and sold off watches and bicycles to raise capital of $120 for their business startup. They purchased breeding chickens and quails, and sold them to other farmers in rural Sichuan province near their house.