Wang Jian in a 2012 file photoImage copyright

The co-founder and chairman of giant Chinese conglomerate, HNA Group, has died in a fall in southern France, his company has confirmed.

Wang Jian, 57, “accidentally fell” in Provence, while on a business trip to France, a company statement said.

Various local reports say he fell while trying to take photos in the village of Bonnieux on Tuesday.

Mr Wang helped turn HNA into one of the world’s biggest companies, with assets in aviation, tourism and finance.

It has major stakes in Deutsche Bank, hotel chain Hilton and skyscrapers in London and employs more than 400,00 people worldwide.

HNA Group said, in its statement, it had lost an “exceptionally gifted leader and role model, whose vision and values will continue to be a beacon for all who had the good fortune to know him”.

French police said Mr Wang’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

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