Contemporary Chinese Society 1) Who exactly are the rich people who have emerged in China since the 1990s?

Who exactly are the rich people who have emerged in China since the 1990s? Much of the earliest academic literature repeated to some extent the angle that the news media were keen to discuss, namely that the earliest rich people in China were either the sons of cadres or people with connections. This claim was later found to be inaccurate, and so it quietly disappeared from the national and international public discourse and from academic discourse. What do you think of this kind of research and analysis?