Chen Miaolin was born in China. Chen Miaolin got his start in the hotel industry--working in the government-owned Xiaoshan Hotel--in 1988 after being transferred from a government office to run it. He tried to improve it with bowling alleys and karaoke rooms. This began a career that has turned Chen into one of China's biggest winners from the country's travel boom in the past decade. Today his New Century Group manages 40,000 rooms across China. He's the deputy chairman of the China Tourism Association and holds a master's degree from the Macau University of Science and Technology.