Forbes China have compiled a list of actors, singers, presenters, directors, screenwriters, writers, models, athletes, Internet celebrities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who has made outstanding achievements in their respective fields in the past year. These celebrities have been assessed and ranked through reviewing the multiple dimensions of their work including commercial value and work influence.
Commercial value is an intuitive reflection of the work content and number of celebrities in the past year. The performance of their works and the positive influence of celebrities in their fields have become the main assessment criteria for this list. At the same time, the Weibo/WeChat index reflects its exposure and public attention in the previous year.
In this list, the number of celebrities in the mainland and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions are at 88 and 12 respectively. Compared with last year, the difference in the proportions has further widened, and the star-making skills in the mainland are still strong. In terms of age distribution, the number of celebrities under 30 (including 30 years old) is 43, more than two-fifths of the total number on the list.
Among them, celebrities born in the post-00s on the list have increased from 3 last year to 6 this year, and their average age is only 20 years old. The new generation is growing rapidly, and the future of Xiaohua and the teenagers can be expected.
Compared with last year, a total of 26 “new faces” made the list this year, including 13 new generation celebrities under 30, 11 generation celebrities born in the 70s and 80s, and 2 senior celebrities of the older generation.
The proportion of men is more, and the ratio of men to women remains basically unchanged. In this list, the number of male celebrities is 66, almost twice that of female celebrities (34), which is basically the same as the previous list. Compared with female celebrities, men are easier to become famous and earn higher income.
Without further ado, we will now share the comprehensive list of top 100 Chinese celebrities as ranked by Forbes China!
Jackson Yee, a singer, dancer, and actor who was born in 2000 topped the list. At the end of 2019, his movie “Better Days” unexpectedly ignited the entire Chinese film market, its box office and public praise made it quite a sensation. At the same time, Jackson Yee received lots of favourable comments for his first appearance in the film industry. Shortlisted for the Berlin Film Festival, received a nomination for the youngest film actor at the Academy Awards, and finally won the Best Newcomer Award, like Xiao Bei, the character Jackson Yee played in “Better Days”, he constantly showed us the growing youth power. Released albums, recorded variety shows, held a number of international brand endorsements, and once again acted in a reality-themed movie “A Little Red Flower”, Jackson Yee, who blooms in many ways, such as films, televisions, and songs, constantly surprises us in every step he takes.
2. Xu Zheng
The self-directed and self-acted “Lost Series” re-launched, “Lost in Russia” will be joyful and warm. From “Dying to Survive” to “My People, My Country”, the works of “Brother Shan Zheng” who focus on the lives of ordinary people are always full of sincerity.
The Beijing Film Academy actress has won numerous awards for her movie “Better Days”, “Us and Them” and more. She has also won many international endorsements for her outstanding achievements in acting.
Jay Chou is doubtedly one of the most well recognized figures in the Chinese entertainment industry. Not only has he been releasing new songs, he has also actively participated in many reality shows and made a livestream appearances on the Chinese app, “Kuai Shou.” No doubt, his hard work and effort renders his fame very well-deserved!
Zhang Yixing has made a name for himself through films, televisions and songs. Through “Lit”, he sings in the world of C-Pop genre again. His four variety shows have been broadcasted one after another, and the trending hot topics about him are incessant. He will appear in the new drama “Challenges at Midlife”, and it seems like his acting career is only going uphill from here!
6. Yang Mi
As the leading actresses in the reality-themed film “Assassin In Red”, Yang MI will continue to star alongside William Chan in “Novoland: Pearl Eclipse”, another upcoming popular drama. During the epidemic period, the celebrity also donated money and materials though she kept a low-profile while donating to charity.
Zhao Liying has finally emerged from her acting hiatus, with her comeback slated to be in the drama “Legend of Fei” where she stars alongside Wang Yibo. Even before the show was broadcasted, they have already won an award! This year, she is also hosting the variety show, “Chinese Restaurant 4” despite being her first time as a cast member for a variety show.
This year, Kris Wu has partnered up with Yang Zi and to star in the television series “The Golden Hairpin”. He also joined “Chuang 2020” as a special mentor.
The drama “The Untamed” set off a frenzy in Television drama ratings. In “Being A Hero” Wang Yibo will also take on the main lead, who is a police force member who overseas the fight against drug trafficking. However, in daily life, he remains the shy and adorable boy who loves racing and dancing very passionately.
In “Chinese Restaurant 3”, he shows off his cooking skills and warms everyone’s heart. He is also the “Market President” in the survival show, “Me To Us”, helping the new band’s power.
#11 Dilraba Dilmurat
“Three Lives, Three Worlds: The Pillowbook” was broadcasted in domestic and international, she continued to write “Three Lives” love with Gao Weiguang. In “Love Designer” she turned into a career elite, focusing on the growth of youth in the new era.
#12 Zhu Yilong
“Reunion: The Sound of Providence”, “To Dear Myself” and many other dramas with different styles have been broadcasted one after another. During the epidemic period, he donated millions to his hometown. This actor has always acted in a very humble and down-to-earth manner.
#13 Yang Zi
The shooting of “The Golden Hairpin” has come to an end, and the “Ode to Joy 3” may start filming soon, leaving many of her fans excited.
#14 Victoria Song (Song Qian)
The drama “Find Yourself” is broadcasting, it is in the top three in national ratings. As a member of the mentor team of “Chuang 2020”, the coach was praised. Record sales of her first solo album “VICTORIA” have broken the record.
#15 Lu Han
The caring deer coach of “Chuang 2020” frequently came up with golden sentences. “Cross Fire” has started broadcasting, teaming up with Leo Wu to stage a story of passionate youth. His collaboration with Kris Wu “Coffee (LH x KW)” was such a surprise collaboration.
She participated in many popular variety shows such as “FOURTRY”, “Keep Running Season 8”. It is confirmed that she will star in the movie “I Remember”.
#17 Hua Chenyu
The Singer was an active host in this year’s “Ace Vs Ace 5”, and the sales from his new album, “New World” this year was nothing short of outstanding. His meticulous seriousness and perseverance of music has made the popularity and commercial value of this post-90s boy rise sharply.
#18 Turbo Liu (Liu Haoran)
“Detective Chinatown 3” will premiere soon after the epidemic. Partnering up with Zhou Dongyu, he will star in “Moses on the Plains”.
#19 Li Xian
The suspense film “The Enigma of Arrival” has officially announced and aroused many expectations. Leading the epic drama “A Love Never Lost”, which focuses on the rise and innovation of the nation in peril.
#20 Li Jiaqi
Li Jiaqi is also known as the lipstick king. He is well-known in the live-streaming industry, with an average sales of nearly 100 million yuan per broadcast. His live-streaming record holder status are also the ultimate motivation for “all girls” to buy the merchandise he sells!
#21 Tamia Liu (Liu Tao)
Returning to “The Inn: Season 3”, the status has been upgraded.
#22 Jiao Zi (Yu Yang)
Directing the animated film “Nezha’s Devil Child Comes to the World”, has won 5.07 billion yuan in box office, it ranked second in the Chinese movie box office list.
#23 Wu Jing
Starring in the movie “The Climber”, which sensitized the Chinese mountaineering team and gained good box office and reputation. During the epidemic, his wife Xie Nan donated money and materials to Wuhan, low-key and enthusiastic about public welfare.
#24 Hu Ge
In the big screen “The Wild Goose Lake”, Hu Ge could be seen to display his marvellous acting skills. He will be making his highly anticipated comeback into the Entertainment industry with his new drama, “Blossoms Shanghai” amongst many other upcoming products.
#25 Sun Li (Susan Sun)
The TV series “I Will Find You A Better Home” was broadcast on many satellite TV and online platforms during the epidemic period, and its ratings were good.
#26 Wang Kai
The actor’s works, including “Held in the Lonely Castle” and “Hunting” received the hits and ranked first in multiple simultaneous ratings during the broadcast.
#27 Zhang Weili
It took 42 seconds for him to defeat the world champion Jessica Andrade and became the first Asian to win the UFC gold belt. This post-90s mixed martial arts athlete shows the power of Chinese women to the world.
#28 Shen Teng
Starred in Xu Zeng’s movie “Lost in Russia”, staged a series of hilarious stories on the train. He also returned to “Ace Vs Ace 5” with laughter and tears.
#29 Liu Shishi
Liu Shi Shi made a successful comeback into the acting industry after taking some time off due to her pregnancy. During the shooting of her two new dramas, the dramas quickly gained a high degree of topicality, and included the first-line endorsements such as the Chanel brand ambassador and the Qeelin brand spokesperson.
#30 Crystal Liu (Liu Yifei)
She is a professional actress best recognized as the “Mulan” heroine. With one of the most beautiful faces on the world stage, Liu Yifei is expected to see her popularity soar internationally following the premiere of the Disney movie. She is chosen to be Emporio Armani’s spokesperson for the entire Asia-Pacific region has won international recognition.
#31 Cai Xukun
The idol was appointed as the Producer for this year’s survival show, “Youth With You 2.” He joined the “Keep Running men’s team” as a regular member. Holding Prada’s endorsement, young and promising.
#32 Zhang Ruoyun
The actor who took up the starring role in “Joy of Life” made a good name for himself, as his work was the number one hot drama at the end of 2019, with over 3.3 billion views.
#33 Roy Wang (Wang Yuan)
Attending Berkeley Conservatory of Music, he has been doing a seamless job in balancing between his career and academic life. He also starred in the drama “Great Ruler”, which was well received.
#34 Deng Lun
The new member of the “Go Fighting!” gang and the old members of the “Great Escape”. Both of the shows were broadcasted at the same time and there is always a hot topic at the end of each episode. He participated in a movie for the first time “Qing Ya Ji” which is worth looking forward to.
#35 Jing Boran
Since the beginning of 2020, Jing Boran has won the covers of seven major magazines. His upcoming drama “The Love of Hypnosis”, co-starred with Crystal Liu who returned to TV series after 14 years, is full of prospects.
#36 Johnny Huang (Huang Jingyu)
The drama “Love Designer” which was co-starred with Dilraba has gained popularity. His new drama “Lucky With You” and new film “Wild Grass” will be broadcasted one after another. He has started the trend of dominating the screen successively with his dramas, and is expected to see his career take off even further with his active TV series career.
#37 Z.TAO (Huang Zitao)
“Chuang 2020” was aired in May, the “strict mentor” always came with a laugh. “Hot-Blooded Youth” and “Forward Forever” have also been broadcasted successively, in which he fully interprets the direct and passionate characters.
#38 Viya (Wei Ya)
The “selling queen” in the live-streaming industry has ten million fans. On April 1st, 40 million rocket launch rights were put available for sale in the worldwide for the first time. They were sold out within one minute after the launch, and became famous for “selling rockets.”
#39 Li Yuchun
She wrote the theme song for the popular variety show “Sisters Who Make Waves”, titled “The Priceless Sister”, which has seen explosive popularity over the Internet. Her 2019 album “Wow” exceeded 15 million yuan in sales and won the QQ Music Golden Diamond Record.
#40 William Chan
At the beginning of this year, the movie “Adoring”, in which he starred in, received nearly 700 million in box office results. The new drama “Novoland: Pearl Eclipse” starring Yang Mi will be launched in early May. This is the second cooperation between the two after “Swords of Legends”, which is worth looking forward to.
#41 Jackson Wang (Wang Jiaer)
Returning to the fifth season of “Go Fridge”, he is good at maximizing his advantages and turning his disadvantages for variety shows. He has also been actively working together with Zhihu (chinese Q&A website modeled on Quora) to launch an exclusive personal column to reveal his answer about music and life questions.
#42 Zhou Shen (Charlie Zhou)
A popular TV series soundtrack singer. He has sung the soundtracks for more than a dozen film and television works including the TV series “Skate Into Love” and the upcoming film “Legend of Deification”.
#43 Li Yifeng
His new drama “Mirror: Twin Cities” has started shooting at the end of May and his first Chinese military drama “The Glory of Youth” has finished shooting at the beginning of the year.
#44 Yang Yang
Last year, a TV drama “The King’s Avatar” had a 24-hour broadcast volume of over 100 million and won the best online drama of the 15th China-US TV Festival. His anti-epidemic theme “Together” has also started filming in May this year.
#45 Song Weilong
Together with Victoria Song, he starred in “Find Yourself” and formed a “Double Song CP”, they drama itself achieved very high ratings and was an extremely hot topic in Weibo discussions.
#46 Zhou Zhennan
A ”Generation Z” idol representative. Through “The Coming One” he officially started to make more professional solo inroads into the music industry. He also took part in his first concert with R1SE last year.
#47 Leo Wu (Wu Lei)
From supporting role to the main role. He starred in a big upcoming drama “The Long Ballad” co-starred with Dilraba which has started shooting in March this year. The drama is predicted to become the next hot drama.
#48 Huang Xuan
In February of this year, the drama “Perfect Partner” opened with a rating of 3.29%. His upcoming movie “1921” which was officially announced in July, boldly challenged the new screen style.
#49 Zhang Yishan
As the “powerful male number one”, he partnered with Pan Yueming to play in the large-scale spy war drama “Inside Man” which has since concluded shooting. In November last year, his other movie “The Deer and the Cauldron” finished shooting too.
#50 Luo Jin
The male lead in the drama “I Will Find You A Better Home”, which started airing in February, has frequently appeared on Weibo, with an ultra-high ratings of 3.534% and a market share of 11.972%, becoming the TV series with the highest ratings in recent 4 months.
#51 Tiffany Tang (Tang Yan)
The first female lead in the drama “Legend of Xiao Chuo”. This is her first drama since she came back after childbirth. The drama finished filming in September last year. She portrayed the legendary Queen Dowagger Xiao of the Liao Dynasty.
#52 Huang Bo
Filming his new movie “Fengshen Trilogy”. Participated in the movie about the Chinese women’s volleyball movie “Leap”.
#53 He Jiong
As a host in Hunan Satellite TV’s Mango Channel, he became the world’s first Weibo star with over 100 million fans. In addition to “Happy Camp”, he also hosted popular variety shows such as “Back to Field: Season 4” and “Go Fridge Season 6”.
#54 Louis Koo (Koo Tin Lok)
The movie he starred in, “The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords” broke through 1 billion within 12 days of its release. The movie “Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy” also has a good box office reputation, and finally ended with 698 million box office.
#55 Tong Liya
Starred in a workplace drama “Perfect Partner”, which once dominated the hot search on Weibo, and the new drama “Unmarried Queen” with Sean Zhang has been officially announced a few days ago, and it may usher in the ratings of word of mouth.
#56 Wei Daxun
The literary film “Somewhere Winter” has been released as one of the three big hits. The new drama “Astringent Girl” has completed filming at the end of May.
#57 Wu Lei (soccer player)
Joined the Spanish club RCD Espanyol in 2019. On January 5, 2020, Wu Lei became the first Chinese player in history to break Barcelona’s goal, writing the history of Chinese football players in Europe.
#58 Donnie Yen
Last year, the movie “Ip Man 4: The Finale” created a good box office and good reputation. He also starred in “Mulan”, along with Crystal Liu.
#59 Li Ronghao
His sixth album title song “Together” was officially launched on June 3, the sweetness of the album dominated the new music chart. His first movie collaboration with Jing Boran, “Dao Chuang Ci”, was officially announced in May.
#60 Sandra Ma (Ma Sichun)
Following the movie “Somewhere Winter” at the end of last year, the new movie “Wild Grass” will be released soon, striving for a new benchmark in literary films.
#61 Lei Jiayin
Through “The Longest Day in Chang’an” he won the Asian Contents Award for Best Actor. In Douban the movie received a high score of 88 points, a double harvest of praise and ratings. The movie “Schemes in Antiques” has finished filming at the end of last year.
#62 Xiao Yang
The main lead of “Sheep Without a Shepherd” which was released in 2019 and received unanimous praise. The theater scored 94 and became the box office champion in the suspense category in Chinese film history. The movie “Endgame”, co-starred with Andy Lau, has completed filming at the beginning of the year.
#63 Jin Dong
“People’s Property”, a modern political theme which has attracted the attention of many viewers, will soon be broadcast. The “veteran cadre” will act as a leader of a central enterprise facing the restructuring of state-owned enterprises.
#64 Pan Yueming
The new series of “Candle in the Tomb” series “The Lost Caverns” was launched in April, it did well both in ratings and word of mouth. It restored the classic character “Hu Bayi” and signed to 5 consecutive “Candle in the Tomb” TV series.
#65 Zhou Xun
With Angie Chiu and Kara Hui, starring in the female ethical drama “Imperfect Love”. After the launch, the ratings had a good harvest. Co-starring with the actor Huang Chao in the criminal investigation blockbuster “She Guo Fen Nu Di Hai” has started filming.
#66 Liu Wen
She has been away for a season and returned to the stage of international supermodels in early 2020. However, she is still on the cover of many fashion publications in the beginning of the year.
#67 Peng Yuchang
Starred in “The Prince of Tennis!” After the broadcast in July last year, it achieved great ratings, ranking first on both networks, and the ratings of 59 cities exceeded 1%.
#68 Bai Yu
The cumulative box office of “Looking Up” in the 14 days it was released exceeded 8.43 million. The “Fairyland Lovers”, known as the Chinese version of “Goblin”, has received great acclaim after it was broadcast. “The Fated General”, “Light on Series: The Long Night” will be broadcasted soon.
#69 Greg Hsu (Greg Han)
The Taiwanese drama “Someday Or One Day” was well received after its airing, with a Douban score of 9.2, making it a hot idol drama in 2020. With exquisite acting skills, he taught him the sunshine of his youth and the great change of middle-aged life.
#70 Ni Ni
The drama “Love and Destiny” received a high score of 8.1 in Douban and was nominated in the 25th Shanghai TV Festival Magnolia Award for Best Chinese TV Series. Her new film “1921” has started filming in July.
#71 Gabrielle Guan (Guan Xiaotong)
She turned into “Queen of Variety Show” and attracted countless fans on variety shows such as “Ace vs. Ace”. The new drama “Hi, Shi Cha Gai” and “A Girl Like Me” are worth looking forward to.
#72 Li Qin
Acted in “Joy of Life”, her image of “chicken leg girl” left a deep impression. Her modern military drama “Dear Military Uniform” has finished filming in June.
#73 Ouyang Nana
In June, he released his first original album “NANA I”. The cello added elements of popular folk songs, electronic rhythm, etc. The talented girl also released new song “The Best For You”
#74 Jessie Li (Chun Xia)
Her new film “Love Song 1980” won the Best Picture Award in the “Developing Film Project” section of the 3rd International TV Show in October last year. Her new drama “A Love Never Lost” which also stars Li Xian will be launched at the end of May.
#75 Xie Na
The regular host of the weekend game show “Happy Camp” to the well-known variety show queen, her super popular influence has driven her commercial value to rise steadily.
#76 Huang Xiaoming
The presenter of the new popular variety show “Sisters Who Make Waves” which created a huge wave in the entertainment industry, the ratings on the first broadcast exceeded 100 million.
#77 Zhang Jiayi
In 2020, his first urban suspense new drama “Love is Leaving” will be broadcasted soon. Together with Sun Li, he will soon star in new drama “The Ideal City”.
#78 Zhang Ziyi
Partnered up with Wu Jing, she starred in the movie “The Climbers” and won a new box office of about 1.1 billion yuan, locking the first position of the 2019 “National Day” hotspots.
#79 Mao Buyi
“Mentor Mao” in “Chuang 2020”, known as the “golden sentence output machine”, added a lot of highlights to the program. His personal music album “Little King” was released at the beginning of the year.
#80 Yang Chaoyue
“Project 17: Side By Side” has exceeded 100 million views in the first two weeks, and her new drama “The Promise of Chang’an” is about to hit. Though the hugely popular girl group, Rocket Girl 101 has disbanded, Yang Chao Yue has promised that she will continue
#81 Zhang Zifeng
Her character in “Adoring” is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. Later she return to a suspenseful comedy film “Detective Chinatown 3”, and then co-starring with Aaron Kwok in the new film “Home Sweet Home”
#82 Zheng Shuang
She starred in a costume drama “A Chinese Ghost Story” which is expected to start broadcasting in the second half of this year.
#83 Arthur Chen (Chen Feiyu)
He made a dubbing debut for the animated film “Frozen 2”, which was a surprise. He also acted in “Legend of Awakening” which started airing in April, and has maintained a good popularity since it was broadcast.
#84 Ju Jingyi
Debuted in SNH48, she has gained more popularity after being transformed into an actor, and has a great audience relationship. Many new dramas such as “The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion” and “In a Class of Her Own” are being broadcasted.
#85 Jason Zhang (Zhang Jie)
His global concert of “FUTURE·LIVE” and his physical album “FUTURE·LIVE” is on the number one sales in mainland China, within only 15 hours online, it has surpassed the IFPI Mainland China gold record sales standard.
#86 Elaine Zhong (Zhong Chuxi)
Together with William Chan, she starred in the movie “Adoring”. Together with Sandra Ma and Johnny Huang, she starred in the movie “Wild Grass” which will be in theaters in the second half of the year.
#87 Qin Hao
Starring in the high-scoring suspense drama “The Bad Kids”, locked in as the best drama of the year in advance. He is low-key, but he will pick the eye of the script, and the good works that can “speak”, so that the actor will finally reach the top of the mountain.
#88 Lang Lang
The love of the world-famous Chinese piano prince with his wife Gina is legendary.
#89 Li Chen
In the second half of 2019, the Douban score of the animation movie he produced “The Legend of Hei” is 32. It was shortlisted for the French Annecy International Animation Festival, known as the “Animation Oscar”.
#90 Andy Lau
He has a lot of upcoming movies. The movie he starred in “Shock Wave 2” is set for only half a year.
#91 Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan’s influence has always been indispensable, whether domestically or internationally.
#92 Sally Jing (Jing Tian)
Starred in the sci-fi romantic drama “Rattan”, one person played two roles. She is dedicated to wonderful acting skills.
#93 Jia Ling
She appeared on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala stage and performed the sketch “Grandma and Mother” which triggered hot discussion.
#94 Eddie Peng
He starred in blockbuster movies. The movie he starred in has a variety of themes such as love, police and crime.
#95 Aaron Kwok
The suspense genre movie “Home Sweet Home” has a strong lineup and high expectations.
#96 Wang Baoqiang
Starred in “Detective Chinatown 3”, the pre-sale box office is eye-catching.
#97 Deng Chao
The first movie he directed “Looking Up” was released in July last year and won a new box office of 864 million yuan. It conveyed the concept of “alternative” education and attracted heated discussions.
#98 Regina Wan (Wan Qian)
She has excellent acting skills and high recognition of works. The hit drama “New World” she played in the beginning of the year has a remarkable rating. She also participated in the reality show “Sisters Who Make Waves”.
#99 Guo Qilin
He originally debuted as a crosstalk actor. His acting skills in a drama called “Joy of Life” earned lots of praises. He also became a regular member for “Keep Running: Season 8”.
#100 Bai Jingting
His new movie with Sandra Ma “Love To Be Loved By You” will be broadcasted soon. His appearance as a guest for the hit variety show “Go Fridge Season 6” made the show full of highlights.
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