Song Lin

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Song Lin, JP
Born (1963-02-03) February 3, 1963 (age 52)
Jinan, Shandong
Residence Beijing, Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Alma mater Tongji University
Years active 1985–2014
Political party
Communist Party of China
Children 1
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Song.

"Charley" Song Lin (Chinese: 宋林; pinyin: Sòng Lín; born February 3, 1963) is a former Chinese business executive. At the pinnacle of his career, he served as the Board Chairman and Party Committee Secretary of China Resources, a state-owned conglomerate with interests in the beverages, consumer goods, and food industries. He was also the Chairman of China Resources Shenzhen International Trust, and Harvest Capital Partners, an asset management and investment subsidiary of China Resources.[1][2]

Song spent 30 years in state-owned China Resources. In 2012, Song was listed as one of the "50 Most Influential Business Leaders" by Fortune. He was a member of the National Committee of CPPCC.[3]

Chinese media reported that Song had close relations with two politicians: former Politburo Standing Committee members Zeng Qinghong and He Guoqiang.[4][5][6][7] In 2014, he came under investigation for corruption and was dismissed from his positions.[8]


Song was born and raised in Ji'nan, Shandong, while his ancestral home is in Rushan, now under the jurisdiction of the City of Weihai.[9] His grandfather was a local official after the founding of People's Republic, he had four sons, Song Jiqing (宋吉清), Song Jibin (宋吉彬), and Song Jibo (宋吉波), his second son died young.[9] His father, Song Jiqing, born in 1929 and joined the Young Pioneers of China at the age of 14, he took part in the Chinese Communist Revolution by age 18, after graduating from Wendeng Normal College he became a teacher and taught in Ji'nan, he died in there in 2002.[9]

Song graduated from Tongji University, majoring in applied mechanics.

Beginning in 1985, he served in several posts in China Resources, including senior manager, assistant general manager, deputy general manager, and manager. In 2004, Song, at age 41, became the General Manager (chief executive) of China Resources, then he became Chairman of the Board in May 2008. He also served as the Chairman of CR Power and China Resources Microelectronics Limited, Vice-Chairman of China Vanke Co.,Ltd, and Non-executive Director of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd.

On April 15, 2014, Wang Wenzhi, a reporter at Economic Information (经济参考报) wrote to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the Communist Party's central anti-corruption body, accusing Song Lin of maintaining a mistress and money laundering through his mistress.[10] On April 17, 2014, the CCDI issued a notice that it was investigating Song for "serious violations of laws and regulations".[11] On April 19, 2014, he was dismissed from his posts by the Chinese government.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Song Lin has a daughter. His wife and daughter are reportedly living in the United States.[10] Song's uncle, Song Jibin, is a farmer in a village in Rushan, Shandong province. Song reportedly visits his ancentral home every two years to pay respects to his deceased father.[10]