Citizenship/Residence Beijing, China
Peng Liyuan “Chinese First Lady” is a renowned Chinese contemporary folk singer and performing artist. She is President of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art and the wife of current Chinese leader Xi Jinping. In 2014, she was listed as the 57th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Peng gained popularity as a soprano singer from her regular appearances on the annual CCTV New Year’s Gala, a widely viewed mainland Chinese television program that airs during the Chinese New Year. She has won many honors in singing competitions nationwide. Peng was a civilian member of China’s People’s Liberation Army and held the civilian rank equivalent to major general before she was appointed the Art Academy’s dean, upon which she was given the formal rank. She was the first in China to obtain a Master’s degree in traditional ethnic music.