15 in a Billion

With 1.4 billion citizens, mainland China is the world's most populous country—and home to one in five women on our planet, from rice farmers to multimillionaires. Photographer Kate Peters and writer Abigail Haworth capture a portrait of a nation in dramatic flux through 15 women.


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    Self-Made Tycoon

    Qin Wei, 33

    Wei grew up in a modest household with her schoolteacher parents in the coastal city of Xiamen. After starting her own empire of PR and talent agencies in Shanghai, she is now superrich with two homes and a designer wardrobe. China has the world's greatest number of self-made female billionaires. "I plan to be one of them," says Wei.

    Kate Peters
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