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Wang Jianlin's more than a developer

With his widening global clout, he has emerged as the rare private-sector tycoon in a position to advance Beijing's interests abroad.

He tends to present himself as the pragmatic face of big business in China, delivering a soothing message of opportunity to foreign audiences anxious about the country's rise.

Hong Kong

HE controls thousands of movie screens around the world, has invested billions of dollars in real estate projects across four continents and is building skyscrapers that will redraw the skylines of London and Chicago. He is shopping for a Hollywood studio.

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