Dhanin Chearavanont is a Thai businessman and the head of the powerhouse conglomerate, the Charoen Pokhphand Group, or the CP Group. The CP Group is the primary stakeholder in a number of companies throughout China and Thailand, with interests in the food, telecommunications, insurance, and agricultural industries. Chearavanont lands at the top of the list of billionaires in Southeast Asian, and 81st in the world as of 2015.
Chearavanont’s most valuable asset to date has been his investment in Ping An, China’s second-largest life insurance company. The CP Group also runs the third-largest chain of 7-11 convenience stores in the world.
In 2011, Chearavanont was listed as Forbes Asia’s Businessman of the Year. He is often used to serve as a consultant to the Royal Thai Government and the Parliament Committee of Agriculture, and has a hobby of raising bantam chickens.