It seems like one of the most powerful woman in the world reached that level on her own as there is no information about her love affairs and married life. She dedicated her whole life to build her career rather than to find love of her life.
As The Cultural Revolution brought some difficulty in her life, Hu became Red Guard and traveled around China. That time she also gained knowledge as much as she could. In 1978 she joined People’s University of China, and she graduated from there with a bachelor degree in journalism in 1982. Then she began working as a reporter and editor at the Worker's Daily. Within few years after serving China Business Times as an editor, she was made their chief reporter. Finally in 1998, she founded an independent magazine, Caijing. Her net worth is said to be in billions.