Belonging to the Han clan, Sun Guangxin was born in Xinjiang, one of the poorest regions in China. At that time, there were scarce opportunities. Despite the odds, Sun gained high education, and built his career with hard work and dedication. Although he started off with a military career, Sun soon became a competent entrepreneur, and founded the Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment Group in the year 1989. Today, his conglomerate has interests in real estate, auto distribution, as well as span energy. His group controls the China Grand Auto, largest auto dealer in China today.
Guangxin received his primary education in the Anhui Military School. This was the time of China-Vietnam war, and the military required soldiers. He was selected for the service, and served in the military for a few years. In 1989, he left the army with more than 300 soldiers working under his commands and a medal of honor too. He had no money, but a lot of ambition.