A Chinese woman donated $1.5 billion to save endangered animals

In late January, The Ellen Show published a video on its Instagram about a Chinese woman who has donated $1.5 billion, one-third of her property, to save endangered animals. This is the largest personal donation to a wildlife conservation cause in history!

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Who did such a heroic act?

It’s no other than famous Chinese entrepreneur Qiaonv He, founder and chairman of the Beijing Orient Landscape.

A Rock Journey to Success

In January 1966, Qiaonv He was born into a peasant family in rural Zhejiang. Out of the five children in her family, she was the second eldest, and one of the most hardworking.

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He as a young girl; Photo Credit: penetratingview

In 1992, she successfully founded the Beijing Orient Landscape and made her first million through simply selling bonsai. Just as her business was expanding and becoming more prosperous, however, a manager took away all the money from her company, and she was also cheated in her subsequent investment in a Henan mine.

Pursued by creditors and abandoned by employees, she felt like she couldn’t carry on anymore.

However, she didn’t give up and survived.

She restarted everything from scratch with her own hands, and slowly attracted more customers for her bonsai business.

In 2000, just as she was about to relaunch her company, another storm hit her.

Under the pressure of overexpansion and stock market crash, problems began to emerge in the financial chain, and leaders of the company left again with their money. Suddenly, her company was near bankruptcy.

This strong woman stood up again even after this.

In 2006, she and her team finished the landscape decoration for a hotel in Suzhou, which stunned the whole industry and helped her reputation reach an unprecedented height.

After this turning point, she began to undertake orders from most big cities and became an established leader in the landscaping industry.

In November 2009, Beijing Orient Landscape finally became a listed company, and the He couple is now worth more than 10 billion.

Building the World Through Philanthropy

As her landscaping business became more and more prosperous, she also began to worry about environmental pollution.

Inspired by the Rockefeller Foundation, she started a series of philanthropy projects beginning in 2014, donating billions of dollars to environmental protection programs. One of the most earth-shaking moves she made was donating 1.5 billion dollars for wildlife conservation in October 2017.

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In addition, she donated 20 million dollars for wild feline conservation organizations Panthera, WildCRU and Oxford University’s conservation research unit to start a 10-year program focusing on saving endangered species, including snow leopards, tigers, jaguars, lions, etc.

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Her donations can make a huge difference in the fate of these endangered wild animals.

Please share this news with those around you! A woman like her who’s humbly and silently changing the world deserves to be recognized!

Info and photos obtained from penetratingview.

Translated by Riley Peng @Animal Dialogue

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