Ren Yuanlin was born in China. Chairman of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, one of China's largest shipyards. Ren has been with the company since the 1970s when it was known as Jiangyin Shipbuilding Factory. He moved to become head of the ship body workshop. By the mid-1980s, when Jiangyin Shipbuilding Factory was changed to Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Factory, he had become a factory supervisor. From 1997, Ren has been chairman of the company, whose shares now trade in Singapore and, following a 2010 offering, in Taiwan. He received an economics degree from Jiangsu Television Broadcasting University in 1986. Ren enjoys swimming and table tennis. He has applied for Hong Kong abode.