One of China's richest tycoons, the chairman of drinks company Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co Ltd, was attacked near his home in the eastern province of Zhejiang, Xinhua reported on Wednesday andother media reports said he suffered serious injuries to his hand.
Zong Qinghou, 67, was assaulted on Friday morning in a residential area of Hangzhou city and a suspect had been was arrested, the official news agency reported, citing police. The suspect had been looking for work and the attack came after he failed to get a job with Wahaha, Xinhua reported.
A spokesperson for privately-held Wahaha, the country's largest beverage company, told Reuters he had nothing to add to the Xinhua report.
Zong is China's second-richest man with a personal fortune of 115 billion yuan ($18.8 billion), according to the China Rich List published annually by Hurun Report Inc.