Billionaire Boss Gives 2,500 Employees Surprise Trip to Spain
Or, why you might want to move to China.
If there was a contest for best boss in the world, this guy would certainly take top prize. Li Jinyuan, the billionaire owner of Chinese direct-sales firm Tiens Group, recently surprised 2,500 employees with a trip to Madrid that cost him nearly $8 million.
Jinyuan chartered 20 planes, booked 1,650 hotel rooms, and reserved four high-speed trains to Barcelona. The group took in a bloodless bullfight at the Moralzarzal bullring on Friday after watching a flamenco dancing performance earlier in the day.
“We chose Spain because the people are warm, friendly, and passionate,” said Li Zongmin, the son of the billionaire boss. “Furthermore, the food is delicious.”
This isn’t the first time Jinyuan has surprised his employees with a first-class vacation. Last year he sent more than 6,400 of his employees to France where he secured 84 planes, 200 hotels, and a private tour of the Louvre.
You might want to consider moving to China, because this seems to be a trend among companies there. Last May, another direct-sales company called Infinitus gave 12,700 of their employees a trip to Thailand. “The company chose Thailand because they were impressed with our beaches, temples, cultural performances, and fruits,” one of the group’s guides told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
This certainly makes summer Fridays seem a little less exciting.