Wang Jianlin, founder and chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, said his only son, 28-year-old Wang Sicong, does not want to take over his huge business empire which includes, shopping centres, hotels, theme parks and sports clubs.
According to Bloomberg, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has clarified plans to hand the helm of his 634 billion yuan ($91.7 billion) property-to-media empire, Dalian Wanda Group Co., to professional managers as the tycoon’s only son didn’t seem to be interested in following his father’s footsteps.
“I’ve asked my son and he said he didn’t want to live a life like mine,” Wang, 62, said in a forum in Beijing on Saturday, according to a transcript of his speech.
This is the second time the Chinese tycoon, with a net worth of $31 billion, commented on the matter for the record. He first floated the idea of letting a professional take over on a Chinese TV show in May.
“Perhaps it’s better to hand it to the professional managers,” Wang said.
“We can guide them from the board. We will not set our eyes on a particular candidate, rather selecting someone from competition.”
Wang Sicong, 29, the mogul’s only son, holds a 2 percent stake in Wanda.
The 29-year-old is an Internet celebrity in China with more than 21 million followers on his weibo account.
He was famous also for buying his dog 8 iPhone 7s in September, 2016.
He is also an active investor in eSports and Internet companies, as well as a pre-IPO investor in Hong Kong’s Dining Concepts Holdings.