Thursday, October 21, 2010

Most-sought speakers for October 2010

Rupert HoogewerfHurun by Fantake via Flickr
It's October and it might not come as a surprise that Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun has appeared as the largest mover in our most-sought speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. This years' Hurun rich list attracted much attention, as it showed how Chinese women are conquering top positions, how retail is becoming more important and real estate tycoons are losing their financial leverage - although still important.
Rupert Hoogewerf replaced Kaiser Kuo on the third place, as Kuo is now working more behind the scenes of China's largest search engine, Baidu.com.
Not quiet have been our numbers one and two. Shaun Rein was already our most-quoted speaker, but is now appearing in mainstream media at least twice a week. This month he blamed Apple's Steve Jobs for being too US-centric and was caught predicting two, three decades of solid growth for ChinaPaul French is not that much quoted, but very busy on this book tour, promoting his latest book Fat China. Obvious, with good results.
Worth mentioning is also the staying power of two relative newcomers, Helen Wang and Wendell Minnick. Often, new speakers on our roster are in danger of slipping away into the dark corners of our databases, but both are able to attract enough attention to say in our top ten.
Now, the official top-10 of most-sought speakers for October (September between brackets
  1. Shaun Rein (1)
  2. Paul French (2)
  3. Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun (-)
  4. Kaiser Kuo (3)
  5. Arthur Kroeber (7)
  6. Tom Doctoroff (5)
  7. Helen Wang (7)
  8. William Overholt (8)
  9. William Bao Bean (9)
  10. Wendell Minnick (10)


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