Shanxi Coal Mine Bosses, Extravagant Lifestyles


From Mop:

Coal bosses’ extravagant and wasteful lives — Hummer + buildings + pretty girls!

Shanxi Province is presently launching China’s largest ever industry reorganization action; involving over 2200 coal enterprises, with smaller coal enterprises being eliminated. The significance of this is that on the news in the future, it may be difficult to see Shanxi coal bosses throwing money around, buying luxury homes and expensive cars, as the coal boss exiting the historical stage has seemingly become a foregone conclusion.


Speaking of Shanxi coal bosses, people cannot help but think of their throwing money around, being extremely wealthy, driving Hummers, buying groups of buildings/houses, keeping mistresses…as “coal boss” and “money” has seemingly become synonymous.

An even more important reason they are in the public eye like this, aside from having money, are coal mine accidents, their short-sightedness and greed having also brought to society many negative effects, and causing the title of “coal boss” to be associated with heartless and bloody. “Seeking personal wealth, ignoring safety” because their most negative image.

Now that coal bosses will soon exit history’s stage, if only coal mine accidents can also never reappear.

The coal boss’s social status

Shanxi is rich because of coal, with tens of millions of wealthy individuals. According to industry insider estimates, Shanxi various “coal bosses” have approximately 300,000,000,000 yuan of assets. This image is an aerial photo showing houses in Los Angeles belonging to Shanxi coal bosses.


Coal bosses’ cars

According to incomplete statistics, the number of Bentleys, Hummers, Rolls Royces, and other high-end luxury cars in Shanxi Province has already surpassed 100. For a population of 33,000,000, with per capita GDP ranked fourth amongst the six provinces in central China, this type of density is rare.


Coal bosses buying houses

The media exposed a coal boss who went to Beijing and a 41 story residential building caught his fancy. So, he told the building sales department that he wants to buy all of the units with southern exposure, and he even paid all in cash.

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Coal bosses’ dinner parties: at least 2 million yuan per year

For coal bosses, 5-6 people spending 7000-8000 yuan for a meal in Linfen Shanxi is very easy/common. “One ‘gan lao chi’, one ‘dun yan wo’, one highest-quality ‘bao yu’, and a bottle of good Western wine, will cost this much, even over this amount.” For many coal bosses, a dinner party like this generally takes place once every other day. In one year, spending 2 million yuan treating guests to meals is a common amount.


Coal bosses’ debauched lives

Perhaps “being warm and well fed leads to wanton lust”, some coal bosses keep mistresses. The majority of them all have their own mistresses or second wives, with some either openly or secretly having even four or five of them.


Coal bosses’ health

Many coal bosses all suffer from renal deficiency [too much sex = unhealthy kidneys]. In their homes, offices, and suitcases are often kidney supplements and medication. Coal boss “second wives” reveal that coal bosses often carry with them sexual potency drugs.

A long-time driver for a coal boss said: “Our boss always buys a bunch of supplements from the pharmacy, imported, domestic, everything you can expect. One time when he heard that a special sexual potency drug had arrived at the pharmacy, he actually pulled out 10,000 yuan cash and had me go bring back a box of the medicine.


Coal bosses education

A bureau chief for the Shanxi Daily News, after investigating the dozen coal-producing counties’ rich, came to a conclusion: Amongst all the various coal rich (not including those who became rich from coal but publicly work in other professions), the highest level of education is high school, the majority middle school, and there are even some who did not finish elementary school.


Coal bosses characters

Quickly becoming rich doesn’t mean the coal bosses can completely be reborn as a new person. Liu Wenqing, whose family is involved in the transportation of coal, often comes in contact with coal bosses, and in her eyes, their image is difficult to change. “Farmers will always be farmers, no matter how they are cleaned up it is no good”, she said with contempt, they are simply this kind of people “dressed in Pierre Cardin but still spitting anywhere they like, driving Rolls Royces yet still running red lights.” This image shows a coal boss arrested for drunk driving making dozens of calls to connections.

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Coal bosses’ children

Because of this, coal bosses put all of their hopes for carrying forward the family’s status on their own children. Many coal bosses’ children, starting from elementary school, attend elite schools outside of Shanxi Province. This image shows the daughter of a coal boss attending a car show carrying a migrant worker tarp bag filled with cash.


Coal bosses weddings

120 table banquets, each table nearly 10,000 yuan; booking a four-star restaurant for two days and two nights while providing hotel stays for guests; over 400,000 yuan to purchase from Hong Kong all the expensive dishes; nearly 200,000 to airlift fresh flowers from Kunming, over 400 hotel staff working overtime 3 times to train for the wedding, inviting the famous CCTV host Bi Fujian to come witness and MC the wedding…2009 March 27, a 6 million yuan luxurious wedding was held in Quzhou, the wedding cost 6 million.


Comments from Mop:


A tribute to the dead coal miners!!!


What a cup


So they have money, what is the big deal. When you yourself have money, won’t you be just like them, with houses, second wives, good cars, who doesn’t want face?


I envy the rich!


Making a big fuss.
Only looking at Shanxi’s dark side, focusing on the small things, ignoring what’s important.
The amount Shanxi contributes to China every year,
how come you don’t talk about that?


Just live your own life well, others having money is their own business. Those without money are many, but they get by just fine too.


South Africa is called Blood Diamond.
Shanxi is called Blood Coal.

The lou zhu wants to investigate the cause of this rotten growth, criticize the inequality of society. You bunch of class-less people shouldn’t talk.
Carrying a bag of money I have seen, similar to that migrant worker bag, less than 25kg, not that heavy.

At the beginning of the opening and reform of China, there was a saying: “Let some get rich first”, which was said many years ago,
but just what kind of people have gotten rich?
What channels/methods did they get rich through?
What kind of effects have they had on the other ordinary citizen masses…?

I think this should be seriously looked back upon and  summed up,
There is an old saying: Lessons from the past not forgotten can guide us in the future.


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This should be the LV bag, right? Too bad LV’s designer never saw China’s migrant worker plastic weave bags…coincidentally making a similar one…sigh, fashion, just what kind of nonsense is it…


When I become rich, I will definitely buy several Hummers, several BMWs, of course houses, and find 20+ girls.


How other people want to spend their money is their business. However, how they earned that money is too hei [questionable/unethical].


Where the money comes from is also important. If you created Windows and selling it made you the world’s richest man, no one will say anything. But if you treat workers’ lives like a trivial thing, only compensating a few tens of thousands per death, exploiting all the surplus value, you should choke on even a fast food meal.


If I were to suddenly have money, if you don’t let me spit, I will intentionally spit, but if you let me spit, I will refuse to spit. When I see a green light, I will intentionally not go, and when I see a red light, I will intentionally run it.


How other people who have money spend their money is their business~~do you expect the rich to all keep their money at home to look at daily?

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • by

    Is there anybody who didn’t know this? I mean, isn’t it perfectly common sense that that’s how it’s happening ?

  • 250

    News flash: Selfish, ignorant people can also be rich.

  • 魔女爱

    I hate China lol.

    I can’t believe I never had the luck of catching a coal mine boss daughter alone with a bag full of money. HEHE.

    China needs revolution! Oh wait….

    China sucks.

  • Rick in China

    This is a stupid story. They’re enterprising off of people’s suffering – it’s common in EVERY developing nation. That being said, in most cases (obviously not all :P) they’re paying people who CHOOSE to work for them. It’s not safe, but they’re not forcing coal miners to work for them for meager money. (in most cases.)

    This phrase is close, ““Farmers will always be farmers, no matter how they are cleaned up it is no good”, but should be changed to:

    You can take the farmer off of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the farmer.

    • 250

      and that should be changed to:

      You can take the farmer out of the farm, but you can’t take the farmer out of the chicken…

      …because he’d be upset.

    • whichone

      It’s not really a choice when the only alternative to unreasonably low wage is a starvation. However I don’t think it’s the fault of “Mine Bosses” as much as the government’s, which should have instituted minimum wage/maximum hour laws.

      You can’t take the farm out of the farmer because they are stuck, locked in an economic caste with no opportunities to better themselves.

      • Rick in China

        I agree with your first paragraph to some extent.

        Second paragraph, you didn’t get it. It refers to a farmer in mind is always a farmer in mind, no matter how much money. It’s similar to you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. The point being you can have a fuckin idiot bumpkin peasant driving a benz and wearing armani, but he’s still going to spit on the street and be a fucking tool in any intellectual conversation.

        • whichone

          oh, I thought you meant the mine workers, I misunderstood your quote and the original.

    • DIllaDonuts

      This reminds me of a recent encounter I had with a lovely women in my building. As I reached the first floor and attempted to exit the elevator, when the doors opened, a women and her son were forcefully trying to enter the elevator before anyone was able to get exit… I casually said to her ” you know, you really should teach your child some manners by letting people out of the elevator before you try to squeeze in “…. her response was, ” do you think you have soo much manners and is upper class because u live in a highrise? “, I replied back.. ” money has nothing to do with manners, ” her response.. ” fuck you ” ( the chinese version ). This is how parents behave in front of their children….. She clearly proves that money will never buy class and or manners.

      How often in China do we see the following

      1. People with bikes trying to cut off people walking. 2. People with electric bikes cut off pedal bikes, and walkers.
      3. People with motorkbikes cut off electric bikes, pedal bikes, and walkers.
      4. People with cars cutting off motorbikes, electric bikes, pedal bikes and walkers.
      5. Busses cutting off, cars, motorbikes, electric bikes, pedal bikes and walkers?

      Think about it…Here in China, money doesn’t buy class or manners, it buy’s rights and the ability to practice demeaning ways.

      • Rick in China

        Your observations are correct, but incomplete.

        I drive. My apartment complex is on a main vein – 1st ring road south in Chengdu, in rush hour there are swarms of bikes along the bike path. To enter my compound I need to get through those bikes. I signal, try to squeeze in slowly..expecting smart cyclists to go around me the BACK side not push in infront of me. It’s not in their nature. Every single one of them will squeeze around me no matter how awkward of a turn it is, INFRONT of the vehicle. There are times I am almost all the way in, but they’ll swerve alllllll the way in towards the ‘draw bridge stick’ thing and around, making me forcefully stop or I’ll smash them. Sometimes I want to. I just don’t want to fuck up my car.

        Bikes try to ‘sneak’ infront of cars all the time. They don’t care so much about which is bigger – it’s in the nature to, no matter how SLOW you are, get infront of ‘everyone else’. Maybe it goes back to communist days when everyone would either have to fight to the front of the line for rice, or starve. I suppose in situations like that, there are no manners – only get the fuck to the front or starve. To that extent, I understand. It doesn’t matter much though, because I want to impose my will and foreign understanding, and get into my fucking compound without some tool trying to squeeze infront of me when it’s obviously easier and safer to go around behind.

        • Relative Truth

          Are you guys kidding me?

          China has too many people,so if anyone was polite or nice while on the road, they would never get ANYWHERE.

          The same rules of the road we use in less populated countries don’t apply in China, because there will always be bicycles, and there will always be cars trying to break the bicycle paths. It’s not that this is proof of a lower mindset, but something people grow accustomed to out of necessity.

          It’s still really annoying, but I ride a bicycle everyday in China, and I would be insane right now if I didn’t ride my bicycle like a crazy person. The frustration would eat my brain away. At least if I restrain it to the moments I am riding a bicycle I can be sane when I am off of it.

          Plus cars are really ANNOYING in China. I mean, actually, who would buy a car in China? A decent one usually costs well over 100,000 RMB, and considering the average income of a citizen the years it would take to save the money to buy the car would far outnumber the reliable life of the car. Not to mention the traffic problems, pollution, gas prices, insurance prices, parking problems, so on and so on. By being an wan ba dan to anyone driving I am simply discouraging stupidity.

          Huh… I think my heart has been filled with illogical road rage, and it might be time to return to civilized roads… never mind this post…

          • Rick in China

            I bought a car because I was tired of waiting in the freezing chengdu humid winters or sweltering summers for taxis during rush hour, and electric bikes kept getting stolen.

            The reason you must ride “like a crazy person” is because NOBODY obeys the rules. If EVERYONE obeys the rules, traffic moves *much faster*.

            If nobody obeys the rules, or when some / more and more people begin to break the rules, you get traffic jams. Lets liken this to the original idea of the elevators – if everyone is trying to squeeze in, and the people in need to get out in order for the elevator to start moving, the time it takes to *negotiate* paths past eachother is MUCH longer than the time it would take if the people outside let the people inside out first, then came in via wide open door to an empty elevator, no?

            The problems occur when people start to break the rules. People start to break the rules when others start to break the rules. The more people break the rules, the more necessary it is to break them in order to advance. That’s the unfortunate situation China’s traffic is in.

        • DIllaDonuts

          Your also right on this, everybody drives like a fucking douchebag here because of selfish ways. How often do we see somebody wanting to make a U turn in the middle of a street… instead of letting the 2 cars pass by and easily busting a U after they pass, they opt to do it then and now proceeding to block the traffic flow?

          If only they understand that sometimes you can go faster by slowing down. =)

          • kodi

            The problem is rules are only enforced sometimes. HAHA I could not believe my ears when I was in the Beijing subway and heard the announcement that it was “Line up day!” On the 11th of every month it is line up day! HAHA its amazing to me that they must teach adults how to line up……… It seems that they would choose to tackle that earlier in life.

            I always hear the excuse that China’s population is too large and that they can’t do this or that for whatever reason, but I think thats bullshit! Look at what Mao did in China. He taught everyone how to be communist almost instantly, mobilized a population that persecuted everyone with at least half a brain, and changed China through systematic brainwashing and catchy phrases, so I don’t think the population excuse people use holds water.

      • Somethin Somethin

        I really did like the hierarchy of assholeness on the sidewalks of Shanghai. It should have started with walkers, bikes, e-bikes, motuoche, real motorcyceles, QQ type cars, Audis and above and then buses.

      • Kai

        Think about it…Here in China, money doesn’t buy class or manners, it buy’s rights and the ability to practice demeaning ways.

        I’ve thought about it, and I agree with Rick that your observations are generally correct for much of China. That said, I believe the notion that “money doesn’t buy class or manners, it buys rights and the ability to practice demeaning ways” is not limited to “here in China”.

        This is the “nouveau riche” phenomenon and the “civilized elites” of the world and history have always looked down upon the uncouth but newly monied. Think old Europe vs. the new America. Think suburban middle class America vs. the black America that got out of the ghetto. Think the unsinkable Molly Brown, eh?

        The first generation of wealth is always stuck between the world they were from and the world their wealth has bought them into. As long as the money isn’t blown, it gets invested more or less into the children, who grow up to be slightly better than their parents in terms of “class and manners”. The reason is because they grow up in a different peer group from their parents. The process repeats with the next generation, until generations later, they’re blue bloods. Everyone starts somewhere, and class or manners is not a genetic or racial trait, no matter how much some delude themselves into thinking so. Class and manners are luxuries borne out of money and circmstance. Low class and bad manners are habits…and habits are hard to break within a generation. They’re broken over generations.

        Think about it.

        • After careful consideration, a thoughtful Ding!

      • definitiv

        I upvoted for Dilla RIP

  • akbar lo

    anyone with brain can get rich.

    • VeerLeft

      Just depends on what you are willing to do.

    • G0ld

      Anyone with a brain can setup a business and work hard to become a millionaire. But for some reason there are morons becoming billionaires out of nowhere in China.

      • Austere

        “Selfish educated people has to pay the cost of being selfish”

        (________ says) “If one person is taking care of other person, and there are 100 persons, and when all are doing this , that means 99 are there to help you out! BUT if everyone is selfish. DUDE! You gotta get away from there, 99 are gonna harm you!””
        If I wrote the name —> (_______)<— there, most of people won't understand what I wanna emphasize.

        Hats off to all good people, who try to stop evil and promote good.

    • Austere

      You couldn’t even get + marks on your comment! Lol!!!
      You got brains!

  • Who would have thought that people with great ambition and a complete indifference to human suffering could make it big in China? …..ohh wait

  • Shanghairocks

    “coal boss” ???? WTF is up with the translator??

  • Alejandro

    But later thousands of people die on the coal mines.

    Great…… instead of being retards the could spend the money a little better.

  • highlander

    As the Chinese (many similar sayings worldwide) like to say (rough translation) “The first generation will get rich but by the third/fourth generation will become poor again”. I think this is true behavior wise also and as the children of a richer china gets more comfortable/lazy/cultured/ethical (more in life then making $$$) behavior will increase also until China become poor again.

    • Oh yeah? All the old KMT boys who ran with all their money to Taiwan had kids who had kids who are now having kids who are still richer than hell.

  • dim mak

    “too much sex = unhealthy kidneys”


    • 水溶C100

      yeah, the author was to was nice enough not to write that people without spines can’t get boners..

    • Josiah

      Its amazing how cultures all over the planet keep imagining ways that sex or masturbation will destroy your kidneys, or put hair on your hands or destroy your vision.

      I put it down to parents trying to scare their kids into not having sex.

  • laowaixian

    ok, maybe many of the people who posted come from rich families or at least can go to university.
    you can only describe the life of a farmer if you are one!! maybe you can ask your grandparents BUT PLEASE dont compare farmers to pigs like MR RICK IN CHINA did up here.
    love you guys

  • 水溶C100


    This has been going on for how many decades??(no really)

    Show me a story of someone doing something about it. Big, rich, asshole bosses acting like Buddha himself is old, old, old, OLD news in the land of the dragon.

  • crabpeople

    WE know that money/perceived status doesn’t equal class. But that doesn’t mean that people see it the same way in third world countries such as china or thailand or even 2nd world places like Taiwan. lots of people im close with in all those places constantly refer to people with money as “high class” (in english and their native language). the concepts of nouveau riche and our western concepts of class, taste, gaudy, tacky, don’t really exist in societies where basically everyone rich is “nouveau.” these are all peasant societies where until 20 years ago basically everyone lived on a farm. they have no concept of the sophistication, manners and responsibility that come with being “high class”. it also doesn’t help that in the chinglish advertising you see everywhere, “luxury” brands are often tagged with the english words “high class.” for chinese, money = high class. that’s it. once you’ve made your money, your evolution is complete.

    FOR MORE on Chinese, class, manners, etc. check out this blog

    • Alikese

      The “2nd world” was used to describe the developing economies of Eastern Europe when these terms were created. That much more resembles the China than Taiwan. The terms are kind of archaic, but if you want to use them then China is 2nd world, Taiwan is 1st world and a place like Laos is 3rd world.

      I know that wasn’t the point of your post, but: *The More You Know…*

  • Let’s be fair now, China isn’t the only country that have this sort of shit.

    But wouldn’t it be nice if there r some vigilantes that goes around killing ppl like those corrupted mine bosses.

  • Some of my best friends are Shanxi coal bosses. We have a saying here in Shanxi–it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.

  • That’s the dark side of business in China, but I guess you find it anywhere in the world. It’s hard to make lots of $$$ with clean business I guess…

  • bossman

    China needs more ninja viggilantees

  • Chen

    What is wrong here? I don;t see any thing that is wrong here. I bet each and everyone here if they are a coal boss, will be the same or worse than the current one. Period

  • fireworks

    I do see some of Rick in China’s observations. Its also the same for waiting in line for anything like the airport reservation counter. Even waiting in line, there is a few cheeky buggers who will walk up and holla the desk person to process their tickets. I don’t think they mean harm, its in their nature to fight in this rats race society.

    The same goes for crossing the road, do not run but just walk carefully across and cars will make their way around you.

    Village attitudes die hard in cities. Rules are easily broken in China because of ignorance, lack of education and too many people who don’t give a toss. in 七铺路服装批发市场 malls in Shanghai, there are signs and labels indicating no smoking inside but traders and consumers keep doing it.

  • The John

    Nothing good comes from this.

    To be honest, if someone is rich and lacks moral/manner education. They will raise children who are smarter, because of their ivy league ability, but lack any real character that is worthy of admiration. A child’s first relationship is with his parents. If the parents have no class, all the money in the world would not change the children. Don’t get me wrong, there are exceptions. But, I haven’t seen that many.

    When the children grow up, they will carry on the selfish and impulsive characters of their parents. Which would probably make it easier for them to continue the family tradition of corrupt games.

    When all of these things add up and these people invest. After a long time the economy will collapse from too much dirty money? Who knows…

    I do know that there is something wrong with people that can see their own workers die every year, but they don’t care.

  • Spandolf

    Hi Rick in China,

    I also live in Chengdu. Yes, the bikes always go in front.

    The logic is like this:
    If I move backwards I will not see them, but if I move forwards I can see them. So they think it is dangerous to pass behind me.

    People often walk backwards in Chengdu and cars often roll backwards (or drive backwards down the right side of the road).

    Most important rule is – a cement truck never stops :)


    • Rick in China

      People often walk backwards? There’s some old chinese saying about walking a few steps backwards preserves your life, or something, but are you being figurative here? I mean, I certainly do meet many *backwards* folk here.. I assume that’s not what you mean though.

      What’s Chai-Yo?

  • crabpeople

    if you think these guys are bad, you should check out this blog about this Chinese boss. he was sexually abusing his employee, also a man…crazy

  • Herb

    Coal bosses are “exiting history’s stage”? So who is going to head the new industrial conglomerates? Isn’t that reorganization just making things worse, making an even smaller number of scum bags even richer, while putting an organizational structure in place that helps them support each other?

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  • wangbadan

    well i think you guy’s don’t understand the sense of this article,
    It mean that this guy become enormously rich on the back off all those poor guy who go deep underground and risk their live for nothings with no respect. and the boss keep all for him, i can tell in Europe that kind of things can not happen, you can make money yes but you also have to pay well and respect those who make this money with there work, and share the money and make his employ happy, respect them and pay them well.

  • g-hutong

    “Find your own Shanxi coal mine boss.”

    hahah epic fkn win!!

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