Wang Gongquan

Born in 1961 in Jilin Province, Wang Gongquan is a prominent figure in China's venture capital industry and active supporter of the civil society movement in China. He was president and director-general of Vantone International and a senior co-partner of Vantone Industry Group between 1994 an 1998. He was a general partner with IDG Technology Venture Investment between 1999 and 2005, and founded CDH Venture in 2005. He was detained by Beijing police on charges of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order" on Sept. 13, 2013 and released on bail in January 2014.  

Release of Wang Gongquan keeps Chinese censors on edge

Wang Gongquan with friend Pan Shiyi (right) appear in a photo that Pan posted on his weibo account this week. Photo: SCMP

Mainland censors have moved to suppress mention of civil rights advocate Wang Gongquan , who has appeared in photos online looking exhausted after his release from detention.

Tuesday, 4 February, 2014, 6:45am 2 comments

Rights advocate Wang Gongquan latest to give video confession

Wang Gongquan

Wang Gongquan, an outspoken advocate for greater civic involvement on the mainland, has confessed to disturbing the public order less than three months after being detained by Beijing police, three people said.

6 Dec 2013 - 3:20am 1 comment

Billionaire liberal activist Wang Gongquan formally arrested

Wang Gongquan

Outspoken human rights advocate Wang Gongquan, who has been detained by police for more than a month on charges of disturbing public order, has been formally arrested, according to his lawyer.

21 Oct 2013 - 1:47pm

Supporters demand billionaire activist's release following 'black Friday' of multiple arrests

Wang Gongquan was detained on Friday. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

In a statement published on early Saturday morning, hundreds supporters of China’s New Citizen Movement called on the Chinese government to release prominent venture capitalist Wang Gongquan, following his detention on Friday they described as "barbaric" and "cruel."  

14 Sep 2013 - 1:05pm

'I am afraid no more', says billionaire investor Wang Gongquan, 2 months before his detention

An undated handout photo of Wang Gongquan. Photo: SCMP Pictures

In an interview with the South China Morning Post in July, Wang Gongquan, the Chinese venture capitalist and political activist taken in by Beijing police on Friday, talked about his own activism, his friend and fellow activist Xu Zhiyong, as well as his fears for political repercussion. He said that he had feared for his own possible arrest, but the fear dissipated over time.

13 Sep 2013 - 10:27pm 2 comments

Outspoken investor Wang Gongquan detained by police amid widening crackdown

Wang seen in an undated photo shared on Sina Weibo.

Wang Gongquan, a prominent Chinese venture capitalist and close friend of arrested rights activist Xu Zhiyong, has been detained by police on Friday at his home in Beijing.

13 Sep 2013 - 10:20pm 1 comment