Cheng Siwei


Age: 80

Summary: Chinese economist and president of the China Democratic National Construction Association from 1996 to 2007 whose career spanned chemistry, economics and politics but who is credited as one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Nasdaq-style ChiNext, a bourse developed to channel venture capital into innovative and fast-growing enterprises, especially high-tech companies.

Cause of Death: Undisclosed illness

Born: June 1935

Died: July 12, 2015

Beijing, China