Zhang Yong is a Chinese billionaire businessman, and the founder of the Haidilao International Holding Ltd restaurant group, best known for its Hai Di Lao chain of hot pot restaurants. Zhang Yong was born and grew up in rural Sichuan province. He started work as a welder, and did not eat in a restaurant until he was 19. In 2011, he published a book, Learn from Hai Di Lao. As of September 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth at $8.3 billion, making him China's richest restaurateur.