"The richer you are the less you care," some wise man once said.
Combine those riches with the status of being a boss, and that individual is almost guaranteed to be an obnoxious person with no empathy for his subordinates. But while that may be true in most cases, a Chinese billionaire is an exception to this long held belief.
Meet Li Jinyuan – the founder of multinational Conglomerate Tiens Group – who has big pockets but an even bigger heart. The 57-year-old billionaire has made headlines world over by sending 6,400 employees – more than half his total staff – of his company on a four-day trip to France.
The extraordinary gesture of kindness set Jinyuan back some $37million as he booked 4.760 rooms in 140 Parisian hotels for his touring workforce's accommodation. The Tiens Group employees saw the Louvre and Eiffel Tower also went to the Cote d'Azur via trains on which he had reserved 7,600 seats.
Jinyuan arranged this trip to celebrate his company's 20-year relationship with the Cote d'Azur. The highlight of this unique trip came when all of Tiens employees combined to spell out the words: "Tiens' dream is Nice in the Cote d'Azur," which is now the new Guinness World Record for the longest human chain.
Jinyuan laid the foundation of Tiens in 1995. The company initially started as a pharmaceutical company but has since ventured into other industries such as tourism, e-commerce, health management and biotechnology. Jinyuan has always been very generous and rewarding towards his employees, which is why he enjoys a cult status in his company.