Wildlife Lover He Qiaonyu
A Stunning Donation
At the beginning of 2018, a post on The Ellen Show’s Instagram account stunned netizens from all over the world. It announced that a Chinese billionaire has donated 1.5 billion US dollars ( a third of her assets) to save endangered animals.
It was the biggest figure committed by a single donor ever for the conservation of endangered species including snow leopard in China, jaguars in Latin America, tigers in Asia, and many others.
He Qiaonyu, the donor, is a Chinese entrepreneur and the founder of the Beijing Oriental Landscape and Ecology Co. Ltd. Her donation for wildlife conservation was made in October of 2017, and attracted the attention of people all over the world.
Her Childhood in the Countryside
According to Bloomberg, “The number isn’t the only thing that’s surprising about the announcement. The source might equally raise eyebrows: The donation isn’t coming from a known Western conservationist like Paul Allen, but from a landscape planner- turnedenvironmental steward who’s based in Beijing.”
Madame He, a heroine by many Western media outlets, was born in a rural village in Wuyi County of Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province in the year 1966. During her childhood, she lived in a small house less than 30 square meters with six family members, and a sow and some piglets that they raised. In the summer, she walked barefoot until she received a pair of sandals as a gift for her 10th birthday. The only time eggs would appear on their dining table was when a new semester began.
Later, her father started a small company buying and selling seedlings, which sparked her love of plants. Under the influence of her father, she chose to study at Beijing Forestry University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1988.
Business in Landscape Gardening
After graduation, she worked at the Forestry Bureau of Hangzhou. There she discovered business opportunities in the horticultural market.
A visit to a bonsai exhibition in Beijing a few years later inspired her to start her own business selling the miniature trees from Japan.
“Everyone I met was fond of plants and flowers. But there was definitely a lack of greenery in people’s living and working