Qiu Guanghe was born in 1951. He ended his education with high school.
Qiu Guanghe worked in the home-appliance industry, before founding clothes retailer Semir in Wenzhou, his hometown. Semir opened its first store in 1997 in Jiangsu Province, selling leisurewear. Semir is now one of China's largest clothing Retailers, with more than 7,500 stores.