Yang Lan

Yang Lan ( Chinese : 杨澜 ; pinyin : Yang Lan , born March 31, 1968) is a Chinese media proprietor, journalist and talk show hostess. She is the Cofounder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation.

In 2013, she’s ranked 100 in the 100 World’s Most Powerful Women in Forbes. [1]

Earlier life

Yang Lan was born in 1968 in Beijing . Yang’s mother was an engineer, and re Father taught English literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University and sometimes served as the official translator for former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai . [2] In 1980-1986, she studied at the High School Affiliated to Beijing Polytechnic University (now is called the High School Affiliated to Beijing Institute of Technology ) In this housing is the key high school or Haidian District . In 1986-1990, she studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and RECEIVED re bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature. [3]

At the School of English and International Studies of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Considering for future work, she majored in international economics. Lycra or re subjects did well, and was ranked in the top few. She was ook elected as the Vice President of the Student Union. She’ll be joined the class amateur Repertory Theatre, and was awarded the title of Best Actress in one English play in welke she portrayed a British woman who was obsessed with Psychoanalysis, but finally cameramen to re senses. She’ll be served as a hostess in a number of students’ shows.

The School library was re favorite place at the university. Yang has Mentioned therein Romain Rolland ‘s Jean-Christophe novel is re favorite book.


1990-1994: Zheng Da Variety Show

Just before she graduated, she was offered a position at the China Great Wall Hotel welke she declined for Charoen Pokphand of Thailand als ze ended cooperation with verschillende local TV stations and turned to cooperated with China Central Television , Producing a program called “Zheng Da Variety show “. Way Down decided to pick a female student with college experience to do moderator and-when the director Xin Shaoying cameramen to Beijing Foreign Studies University, Yang Lan was recommended by the school. There ulcers morethan 30 students participated in the interview. Xin Shaoying Frankly zegt dat she hoped to find a “new face”, a little innocent mention anything be better. Then, the director notes lycra or the students say a few words. Yang Lan briefly introduced herself, and-then zegt, “Why do you want to find a innocent type television hostess? what we Lack is Capable and ervaren professional women! “Afterwards, Yang Lan reflected therein the director did not think re looks were bijzonder outstanding, but she was thoughtful.

After that, waiting for a long time with no result, finally one day, Yang Lan run out of patience, and a director Asked: “When will the result come out?” He hesitated for a moment, but Finally, then probably for getting Along with re for sometime, huh fact represented have arnt note re know the truth, and have finally Told re: Currently she was the best candidate, but some people zegt dat she was not pretty enough, so the crew decided to make a television advertising, to select the hostess from the society again.

After a few rounds of interviews with some crew in the television station, Yang Lan was settled to be the hostess, and worked together with Jiang Kun . After Zheng Da Variety Show was Aired, Yang Lan RECEIVED lots of positive reviews. One year later, Because Of his busy schedules, Jiang Kun resigned from the host position.

The producer Told Yang Lan dat there mention anything be Another host. But-when she cameramen back from Daqing , where she did the internship training (after graduating from college, students ulcers Asked to work for a year down to the grassroots), she overheard therein the crew decided to try two group hosts, a group of Fang Shu and Fang Hui sisters, Another group was re and Dai Zongxian, a Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute Professor. The crew hoped to pick up one group after a “trial period”.

In August 1991, three months later, it seemed dat group hosts ulcers not successful. The crew decided to invite Zhao Zhongxiang to be the host, together with Yang Lan.

Working with Zhao for two and a half years, Yang Lan learned a lot from im. For instance, the must important thing for a host was the inner cultivation and healthy personality.

Around the end of 1993, als Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont ( Chinese : 谢国民 ), the CEO of Charoen Pokphand dan, cameramen to Beijing to have a nice dinner with the Zheng Da variety show crew members, have Asked Yang Lan: “Are you going to do this forever? Have not you thought about development in other aspects? […] Have not you thought about Studying ABROAD? “Yang Answered:” If I leave, what about the show? “Dhanin Chearavanont zegt:” I think a person is more important dan a program. “He encouraged re to study ABROAD and zegt dat have Could afford the school fees. [4] [5]

1994-1996: Studies in Columbia University

On Despite re celebrity Yang Lan quit the show after four years to go to New York. In 1994, from January to May, she studied at film class at New York University . Leaving the Zheng Da Variety Show , she was wandering how to take the next step. she wanted to get out of the variety show, and do some social and cultural program. So prolongation the time in America, she learned journalism, zoals TV news, TV documentaries and others, for two years. At the assembly time, she’ll be cooperated with the Shanghai Dragon Television , to produce a program named Yang Lan sight ( Chinese : 杨澜视线 ) Introducing recent American art and film, and the American society. Lycra episode was twenty minutes. [6]

Then she spent two years earning a master’s degree (MIA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) , where she is now a member of the Columbia University International Advisory Council (IAC). [7]

In August 1995, she took advantage of the summer time, back to CCTV, presided over “95 International Collegiate Debate Competition.” [8]

January 1996, Yang Lan Returned to Beijing to attend the celebration of Zheng Da Variety Show , the three hundred special episode, where she with the old partners, Jiang Kun, Dai Zongxian, Zhao Zhongxiang, and Fang Shu, Fang Hui, Cheng Qian, yuan Ming, Jiang Feng and Wang Xuechun framing the three Taiwan’s “tour guide” Li Xiuyuan, Xiejia Xun, Qu Yanling.

1997-1999: Joining Phoenix Television

In early 1997, Yang took Another career risk. She went to work as a public relations representative and spokeperson for Project Hope , China’s main charity organization. This took Yang JSON China’s nooks and crannies, from the pockets of growing wealth in the southern coastal provinces to the Relentless poverty in the villages or Zhidan county, north of Xi’an . Her Conviction Grew dat re generation needed thoughtful (and entertaining) cultural journalism.

In July 1997, Upon graduation, Yang went back to Hong Kong to join Phoenix Television , welke was 45% owned by STAR TV dan, a wholly owned subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corporation , and broadcast general news and entertainment Throughout China.

In January 1998, Yang launched re talk show Yang Lan Studio ( Chinese : 杨澜工作室 ) welke Emulated the child in-depth interviews pioneered by Barbara Walters and David Frost . Among re interviewees: George Soros on his role in the Asian crisis; Nicholas Negroponte on media and telecom strategies; and Andrew Grove on Intel’s business in China.

In April 1998, Yang launched These Hundred Years ( Chinese : 百年叱咤风云录 ) In this housing was based on the joint production of BBC and PBS television series People’s Century , showing the history of the century through documentary film clips interspersed with re commentary. [9] In 1999, Yang Lan was honored as one of the Asia 20 social and cultural leaders in Asiaweek . In October, she left the Phoenix Chinese Channel to raise re children. [9]

Running weekly from the end of 1997 Until the end of 1999, Yang’s two shows consistently generated the Toilets advertising revenue for Phoenix Television.

2000-present: Sun Media Investment Holdings Ltd.

In March 2000, Yang Lan and re husband Bruno Wu, acquired Hong Kong company “LEUNG KEE Holdings Limited” and changed zijn name to Sun Television Cybernetworks Holdings Limited . Yang was the chairman. Creating Sun TV required plenty of capital. Early dat ze year took over Leung Kee Holdings, an ailing Hong Kong construction company. Working with the investment bankers Worldsec International, an investment-house affiliate or The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ , Wu Injected SunTV’s assets JSON Leung Kee and-used zijn Hong Kong stock exchange listing to float a new equity issue. The issue raised $ 28 million in new capital for Sun TV; Yang and Wu Injected Another $ 11 million.

On August 8, Sun launched TV officially, welke was the first Chinese historical and cultural channel in Greater China. Sun TV had an exclusive agreement with A + E Networks , one of the leading producers of History and Biography programming in the world. Sun TV Adapted A & E’s History and Biography programs JSON a localized, Mandarin language format, as well as produces zijn eigen Chinese programs, at its well-Equipped production centers in the PRC and Hong Kong. [2]

On June 25, 2001, Yang Lan Studio changed names to Yang Lan One on One ( Chinese : 杨澜访谈录 ), addressed the fast changing environment in the PRC but ook international corporations in politics, culture, and economy, launched by Sun TV. About the program, Yang Lan zegt, “If our mission is to Educate through entertainment, and to Illuminate through information, the newly launched” Yang Lan Studio “is différent from zijn former version and other talk show programs in verschillende aspects. All the interviewees are people who create history or influence the world’s development. Besides, we harbor developed our own unique features at no longer focusing on current issues or a profession, Limit download, using personal experiences, intuition and wisdom as the main theme, the program attempts to DESCRIBE the personen, hun way of life and character through Flesh and blood experiences welke Reveal the interviewees’ wisdom and philosophy. ”

In 2000 and 2001, Sun TV was Twice selected by Forbes as the world’s best small businesses.

However, in three years, Sun TV Accumulated LOSSES was morethan 200 million Hong Kong dollars. In June 2003, Yang Lan bekend dat Sun TV mention anything sell 70% stake in to a mainland Chinese media group, and she was ook out of the TV business.

In July 2005, Yang Lan ang re husband Bruno Wu announced they ‘donated Sun Media Group’s 51% interest to the society, and Agent nonprofit organization Sun Culture Foundation in Hong Kong framing Yang resigned from all management positions, zoals Chairman of Sun Media Group.

In 2005 she created “Her Village”, a TV talk show Geared towards Chinese urban female audience, welke was developed JSON a multimedia community to empower women. To promote cross-cultural communications has bone re firm commitment.

In 2007, she and Canadian singer Celine Dion announced in Beijing dat ze mention anything collaborate on founding a jewelry accessories company in China. [10] [11] Yang Lan’s initial idea or cooperating with Celine Dion was born right after she interviewed the superstar backstage at Dion’s Las Vegas show at Caesars Palace hotel-casino in May, where zowel ulcers surprised to find out dat ze share the co birthday.

Personal life

Yang Lan was formerly married to Zhang Yibin, but they ‘ulcers later divorced. During re New York stay Yang with Bruno Wu. Way Down married in a Lavish ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in October 1995. Wu comes from an elite family Shanghai, and his grandfather was China’s ambassador to the League of Nations in Geneva in the 1920s; his grandmother was killed by Red Guards prolongation the Cultural Revolution -when Wu’s parents (and have for a while) ulcers cents to a farm collective for socialist reeducation. With help from François Mitterrand ‘s wife, Wu studied at the University of Savoie in Chambery in the French Alps voordat going to America to earn a master’s degree in international relations at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He was running his own media consulting firm in New York als have with and married Yang. [12]

Yang and Wu Returned to China at the end of 1996. He soon set up shop in Hong Kong, and in 1998 was named the chief operating officer of ATV, one of Hong Kong’s two free TV stations. She commuted tussen Hong Kong and Shanghai and published Enjoy wind at Seaside ( Chinese : 凭海临风 ) or re essays, travel logs and historical sketches Compiled prolongation re-time at Columbia. That book had sold 600,000 copies.

Yang Lan One-on-One

If a signature TV talk show, Yang Lan One-on-One focuses on getting to know leading figures from the fields of international politics, business, society and culture. On this program, Yang Lan profiles the guests’ life stories, career experiences, and personal insights. Its sixteen-year history has made it one of the musts highly regarded and well Berninahaus in-depth talk shows in China. The talk show’s host, Yang Lan, guided by re personal style and unique viewpoint, has over the years conducted interviews with a Myriad of international figures and celebrities from around the world. Her guests included port Sophie Marceau , Bill Clinton , Elon Musk , Henry Kissinger , Lee Kuan Yew , Jack Welch , Andrew L. Webber , Tan Dun , Nicole Kidman , Jackie Chan , Kobe Bryant , Hugh Jackman and Michael Phelps .

Awards and Recognition

She was Chosen to represents China as the ambassador for Beijing’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, [13] and was named as Goodwill Ambassador for the 2010 Shanghai Expo . [14] [15] Currently she is the Global Ambassador for Special Olympics Movement [16] and the first UNICEF Ambassador in China, [17] [18] and the Co-Chair of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council. Ms. Yang was honored with many awards, zoals “Chinese Women of the Year” award atWomen of China magazine,[19] “Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs” award co-organized by China Women’s Daily and Chinese socio-economic survey center,[20] “She Made It: Women Creating Television & Radio” award by The Paley Center For Media,[21] “Global Leadership Award” by SIPA of Columbia University,[22] “National Philanthropy Award” by Ministry of Civil Affairs[23] and “Women’s Achievement Award” in China.


  • Enjoy wind at Seaside ( Chinese : 凭海临风 ) ISBN 9787532115471
  • One Question, One World ( Chinese : 一问一世界 ) [24]


Year title Role Notes
2010 Celine: Through the Eyes of the World herself
2013 so Young herself


Yang was the spokeperson or Colgate toothpaste (2009), [25] Nanshan Bywise milk powder (2010), [26] Bluemoon hand sanitizer (2010), [27] Masterkong mineralized Water (2013), [28] and Deli stationery [29 ] (2015). [30]

The Olympics

1993.09 — Representative for the 2000 Olympics bid delegation team for China
07/13/2001 — Olympic Goodwill Ambassador & Presentation Speaker
09/06/2004 — 2004 Athens Olympic torchbearer
2007.01 — Executive Producer and host of “Olympic Songfest” a TV program to select the Olympic songs and music
08/08/2007 — Host of Beijing 2008 One-year Countdown
04.05.2008 — 2008 Beijing Olympic torchbearer
08/24/2008 — Host at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics


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  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “famed anchorwoman Yang Lan” . xinhuanet.com . Retrieved August 13, 2003 .
  3. Jump up^ “Yang Lan” . caaspeakers.com . Retrieved 14 June 2009 .
  4. Jump up^ “谢国民在杨澜人生转折的时候” . sina.com.cn . November 4, 2004 . Retrieved November 4, 2004 .
  5. Jump up^ “杨澜遇人生最大恩人” . 163.com . September 18, 2012 . Retrieved September 18, 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ “杨澜:优质女人宠辱不惊” . xinhuanet.com . October 30, 2007 . Retrieved October 30, 2007 .
  7. Jump up^ “Yang Lan” . columbia.edu . Retrieved October 26, 2006 .
  8. Jump up^ “2000年下半年” . gmw.cn . April 14, 2011 . Retrieved April 14, 2011 .
  9. ^ Jump up to:a b “”百年叱咤风云录”” . sina.com.cn . Retrieved November 13, 2007 .
  10. Jump up^ ” ” Made in China “Brand LAN Fine Jewellery Takes On The Giants Luxury” . jingdaily.com . April 6, 2011 . Retrieved April 6, 2011 .
  11. Jump up^ “Celine Dion launched fine jewelery line with Yang Lan” . diamondworld.net . July 3, 2009 . Retrieved July 3, 2009 .
  12. Jump up^ “A Star Is Born” . forbes.com . Retrieved June 13, 2000 . Check date values in:( help ) |access-date=
  13. Jump up^ “Beijing Chose Four New Olympic image ambassadors” . people.com.cn . January 16, 2001 . Retrieved January 16, 2001 .
  14. Jump up^ “杨澜,谭盾,刘德华,李宁出任世博”大使” ” . expo2010.cn . March 12, 2010 . Retrieved March 12, 2010 .
  15. Jump up^ “Four more goodwill ambassadors selected for Shanghai Expo” . people.com.cn . March 12, 2010 . Retrieved March 12, 2010 .
  16. Jump up^ “China’s Yang Lan Named Global Ambassador for Special Olympics” . specialolympics.org . September 24, 2011 . Retrieved September 24, 2011 .
  17. Jump up^ “UNICEF People” . unicef.org . Retrieved April 23, 2010 .
  18. Jump up^ “Yang Lan appointed UNICEF ambassador in China” . china.org.cn . April 23, 2010 . Retrieved April 23, 2010 .
  19. Jump up^ “中国妇女时代人物揭晓杨澜榜上有名” . people.com.cn . March 5, 2002 . Retrieved March 5, 2002 .
  20. Jump up^ “中国评出10位女性企业风云人物” . china.com.cn . September 9, 2002 . Retrieved September 9, 2002 .
  21. Jump up^ “The Paley Center for Media Announces New Fifty honorees for She Made It: Women Creating Television & Radio” . paleycenter.org . November 12, 2007 . Retrieved November 12, 2007 .
  22. Jump up^ “Global Leadership Award” . columbia.edu . Retrieved April 21, 2008 .
  23. Jump up^ “中华慈善奖” . china.com.cn . January 20, 2009 . Retrieved December 20, 2009 .
  24. Jump up^ “One Question, One World” . womenofchina.com.cn . May 27, 2011 . Retrieved May 27, 2011 .
  25. Jump up^ “好习惯让你终身受益-杨澜” . sohu.com . July 28, 2009 . Retrieved July 28, 2009 .
  26. Jump up^ “杨澜代言智慧妈妈南山倍慧借势亮相市场” . sohu.com . February 2, 2007 . Retrieved February 2, 2007 .
  27. Jump up^ “杨澜携手蓝月亮助推液体洗衣低碳生活新观念” . bluemoon.com.cn . November 9, 2010 . Retrieved November 9, 2010 .
  28. Jump up^ “2013康师傅矿物质水推出新款瓶型安心喝享健康” . masterkong.com.cn . June 6, 2013 . Retrieved June 6, 2013 .
  29. Jump up^ “Deli officials website” .
  30. Jump up^ “得力文具新广告” . v.youku.com . February 5, 2015 . Retrieved February 5, 2015 .