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Top 10 construction CEOs

A look at the people in charge of the world's biggest construction companies, based on revenue.

10 | Xu Zheng (Shanghai Construction)

Shanghai

With revenue of around $21.26bn, the Shanghai Group Corporation Ltd employs 33,160 people and was incorporated back in 1998. Xu Zheng is the current chairman with Hang Yingwei acting as President. 58-year-old Zheng was also previously President, General Manager and Director of the Shanghai Construction Group. Aside from his time at the group he was an Assistant Manager and Manager of another Shanghai-based construction firm and also holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

9 | Martin Bouygues (Bouygues)

top 10 construction CEOs

Martin Bouygues is the youngest son of Francis Bouygues, the man who founded the company back in 1952. Martin joined the business in 1974 as a works supervisor before rising through the ranks to the position of Vice Chairman of the Bouygues Board of Directors in 1987. In 1989, he took over from Francis Bouygues as Chairman and CEO of Bouygues. Today the Paris-based company has an annual revenue of $32.26bn and employs 118,000 people.

8 | Guo Wenqing (China Metallurgical)

top 10 construction CEOs

With revenue of $34.3bn and 100,290 employees, this Beijing-based company deals mainly in engineering contracting, real estate, resources development and equipment manufacturing. Guo Wenqing is the current Chairman and has been with the company in various roles since 2008, but has been in his current position since April 2015. He also holds a Bachelor’s (BBA) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

7 | Florentino Pérez Rodríguez (ACS)

Real Madrid

Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA (ACS) is based in Madrid and has a revenue of $39.21bn. The group is involved with mining, civil works and building works, both residential and social and has been headed up by CEO, Florentino Pérez Rodríguez, since 1997. A businessman, civil engineer and former politician, Rodriguez is also famous outside construction circles thanks to his position as President of Real Madrid Football Club.

6 | Xavier Huillard (Vinci)

top 10 construction CEOs

Vinci SA is a construction and engineering company based in France with a current revenue of $47.04bn. Huillard was appointed Deputy General Manager of Vinci in March 1998 and was Chairman of Vinci Construction from 2000 to 2002. He became Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vinci in 2006 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in 2010, before taking up his role as Chairman of Vinci Concessions in 2016.

5 | Zhiyong Yan (Power China)

top 10 construction CEOs

The Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd has a revenue of $38.72bn. It was incorporated in 2009 and currently has 134,680 employees. It is based in Beijing where it is led by current Chairman Zhiyong Yan. Yan earned his Bachelor’s degree from the College of Water Resource & Hydropower of Sichuan University and his Master’s degree in engineering from China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research. He is also a member of the National Energy Advisory Committee.

4 | Xiang Liu (China Communications)

Xiang Liu

China Communications Construction Co Ltd has a revenue of $66.88bn. The company’s headquarters is in Beijing and its current CEO is Xiang Liu. China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. deals in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure, dredging and heavy machinery manufacturing. The construction aspect of the business is involved in the infrastructure construction of ports, roads, bridges and railways.

3 | Zhang Zongyan (China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd)

China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd generates $99.41bn in revenue. The company’s headquarters is in Beijing. Zongyan has been its Chief Executive Officer since July, 2015. He also served as the President of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited from March 2013 to July 2015 and was Vice President from April 2009 to March 2013. He has in-depth knowledge of extensive operations and management experience in the PRC construction industry.

2 | Li Changjin (China Railway Group)

Li Changjin

China Railway Group Ltd has a revenue of $102.32bn. The company mainly deals with infrastructure construction but is also engaged in survey, design, consulting, manufacturing equipment and real estate development. Changjin has been serving as Chairman of the Board and Executive Director in China Railway Group Limited since 2010 and also serves as Chairman of the Board and General Manager in its shareholder company. Changjin holds a Master's degree from Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

1 | Qing Guan (China State Construction Engineering)

Qing Guan

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. has a revenue of $160bn. The company mainly deals with construction contracts of buildings, infrastructure construction and investment, real estate development and investment, energy, survey and design and municipal utilities. They are headed up by Chairman Qing Guan, who has also been the Deputy General Manager since 2016. He also presides as Chairman of the Board and General Manager at two other companies.

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10 | Xu Zheng (Shanghai Construction)

Shanghai

With revenue of around $21.26bn, the Shanghai Group Corporation Ltd employs 33,160 people and was incorporated back in 1998. Xu Zheng is the current chairman with Hang Yingwei acting as President. 58-year-old Zheng was also previously President, General Manager and Director of the Shanghai Construction Group. Aside from his time at the group he was an Assistant Manager and Manager of another Shanghai-based construction firm and also holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

9 | Martin Bouygues (Bouygues)

top 10 construction CEOs

Martin Bouygues is the youngest son of Francis Bouygues, the man who founded the company back in 1952. Martin joined the business in 1974 as a works supervisor before rising through the ranks to the position of Vice Chairman of the Bouygues Board of Directors in 1987. In 1989, he took over from Francis Bouygues as Chairman and CEO of Bouygues. Today the Paris-based company has an annual revenue of $32.26bn and employs 118,000 people.

8 | Guo Wenqing (China Metallurgical)

top 10 construction CEOs

With revenue of $34.3bn and 100,290 employees, this Beijing-based company deals mainly in engineering contracting, real estate, resources development and equipment manufacturing. Guo Wenqing is the current Chairman and has been with the company in various roles since 2008, but has been in his current position since April 2015. He also holds a Bachelor’s (BBA) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

7 | Florentino Pérez Rodríguez (ACS)

Real Madrid

Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA (ACS) is based in Madrid and has a revenue of $39.21bn. The group is involved with mining, civil works and building works, both residential and social and has been headed up by CEO, Florentino Pérez Rodríguez, since 1997. A businessman, civil engineer and former politician, Rodriguez is also famous outside construction circles thanks to his position as President of Real Madrid Football Club.

6 | Xavier Huillard (Vinci)

top 10 construction CEOs

Vinci SA is a construction and engineering company based in France with a current revenue of $47.04bn. Huillard was appointed Deputy General Manager of Vinci in March 1998 and was Chairman of Vinci Construction from 2000 to 2002. He became Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vinci in 2006 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in 2010, before taking up his role as Chairman of Vinci Concessions in 2016.

5 | Zhiyong Yan (Power China)

top 10 construction CEOs

The Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd has a revenue of $38.72bn. It was incorporated in 2009 and currently has 134,680 employees. It is based in Beijing where it is led by current Chairman Zhiyong Yan. Yan earned his Bachelor’s degree from the College of Water Resource & Hydropower of Sichuan University and his Master’s degree in engineering from China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research. He is also a member of the National Energy Advisory Committee.

4 | Xiang Liu (China Communications)

Xiang Liu

China Communications Construction Co Ltd has a revenue of $66.88bn. The company’s headquarters is in Beijing and its current CEO is Xiang Liu. China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. deals in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure, dredging and heavy machinery manufacturing. The construction aspect of the business is involved in the infrastructure construction of ports, roads, bridges and railways.

3 | Zhang Zongyan (China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd)

China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd generates $99.41bn in revenue. The company’s headquarters is in Beijing. Zongyan has been its Chief Executive Officer since July, 2015. He also served as the President of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited from March 2013 to July 2015 and was Vice President from April 2009 to March 2013. He has in-depth knowledge of extensive operations and management experience in the PRC construction industry.

2 | Li Changjin (China Railway Group)

Li Changjin

China Railway Group Ltd has a revenue of $102.32bn. The company mainly deals with infrastructure construction but is also engaged in survey, design, consulting, manufacturing equipment and real estate development. Changjin has been serving as Chairman of the Board and Executive Director in China Railway Group Limited since 2010 and also serves as Chairman of the Board and General Manager in its shareholder company. Changjin holds a Master's degree from Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

1 | Qing Guan (China State Construction Engineering)

Qing Guan

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. has a revenue of $160bn. The company mainly deals with construction contracts of buildings, infrastructure construction and investment, real estate development and investment, energy, survey and design and municipal utilities. They are headed up by Chairman Qing Guan, who has also been the Deputy General Manager since 2016. He also presides as Chairman of the Board and General Manager at two other companies.

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