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Chinese billionaire takes 6,400 staff on holiday to France

If there was an award for "Best Boss of 2015" then Li Jinyuan is currently a favourite to win - by a landslide.

The company chairman of Tiens Group took 6,400, or about half of his 12,000 staff, on a holiday to Paris and South of France on Tuesday (May 5).

The trip was organised to mark the company's 20th anniversary.

And in case you think it's a hardship tour, think again: According to International Business Times, Li booked 140 Paris hotels and arranged for tours to attractions around Paris such as the Lourve and of course the Eiffel Tower.

He also booked 7,600 seats on France's high speed train the TGV, to get the gigantic tour group from Paris to the south of France, where they will stay in four and five star hotels

BBC reported that the group is expected to spend some €13m (S$19 million) in total. 

They even had time to set a Guinness world record while on holiday.


An aerial footage of the world record. PHOTO: AFP

On Friday (May 8), inspectors from the Guinness World Records watched as staff set the record for longest "human-made phrase" on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

They spelt out the words "Tiens' dream is Nice in the Cote d'Azur"

Just who is Li Jinyuan?

According to Forbes, the 24th richest person in China founded Tiens group in 1995 as a company which sells healthcare products.

It now has business dealings in bio-tech, education, retail and tourism in more than 190 countries.

He is an active philanthropist who has donated to many charitable causes in China, including the US$100 million (S$132 million) gift to set up Tianshi College in China.

His workers must be happy that their boss is such a generous man.

Sources: International Business Times, Forbes, BBC

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