Chen Guangbiao

Billionaire Chen Guangbiao hands out cash in earthquake-stricken Lushan

Chen Guangbiao hands out cash to villagers in Lushan county, Yaan. Photo: Guangbiao/Sina Weibo

Chen arrived in the Sichuan province county just hours after the quake struck, with “300,000 yuan (HK$377,000) cash stored in a bag”, mainland media reported earlier this week.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 11:37pm

Talking points

Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai

Chainrai in London court over soccer battle

31 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Dr Doom opens up on Money for Nothing

Stephen Roach

Marc Faber, the Swiss investor known as Dr Doom, was the star turn of RTHK's Money For Nothing finance programme yesterday morning. This was a special show in that it was a winning item from an auction for Operation Santa Claus, which raises money for charity.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am 1 comment

Jiangsu billionaire's call to declare nationality strikes a chord

Chen Guangbiao.  Photo: Xinhua

Jiangsu billionaire Chen Guangbiao, who made a fortune by recycling construction materials and is famous for his flashy philanthropy, has made headlines again by calling on the authorities to publish details of rich mainlanders' assets and what passports they hold.

26 Jan 2013 - 5:06am 2 comments

Wacky tycoon shouts 'free Chinese cars' from the rooftops

Dressed in green Chen Guangbiao - who made his fortune in recycling - gives away 43 Chinese Geely cars to those whose Japanese brands were ruined last month. Photo: Reuters

A Chinese philanthropist known for his populist gestures has pledged to give domestically-made cars to more than 40 people whose vehicles were damaged in widespread anti-Japan protests last month.

The protests erupted in cities across China over a dispute involving islets in the East China Sea, and saw some demonstrators targeting Japanese-brand cars.

7 May 2015 - 1:03pm

Billionaire Chen Guangbiao promotes plan for bottled air by smashing e-bicycles

Billionaire Chen Guangbiao promotes plan for bottled air by smashing e-bicycles

Headline-grabbing billionaire Chen Guangbiao appeared on mainland television at the weekend with a sledgehammer and a new business plan: selling air.

Wearing a white sleeveless shirt, the eccentric chief executive of a recycling company swung the hammer and smashed about a dozen electric bicycles powered by batteries containing lead.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:00am

Confucius quotes mooted for banknotes

Maverick mainland philanthropist Chen Guangbiao is back in the headlines after proposing that public morale could be improved by the introduction of new banknotes bearing famous quotes from ancient philosophers such as Confucius.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Begging gymnast helped by tycoon quits over insults

A former champion gymnast who went from begging to working for one of the mainland's richest men has resigned, saying he was insulted by two scholars and his boss' secretary.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Billionaire smashes his car 'to set an example'

It was meant to inspire interest in an environmental campaign, but eccentric tycoon Chen Guangbiao's destruction of his beloved Mercedes last week triggered an online backlash from the mainland's growing pool of motorists.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Begging gymnast off to a new life

Former gymnastic champion Zhang Shangwu will bid farewell to poverty tomorrow when he flies to Nanjing in Jiangsu province to start work with one of the country's richest men.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am