Chu Shijian, China’s Tobacco King, who went on to produce the country’s favourite oranges, has died, aged 91.

‘An extraordinary man’: China’s tobacco and orange king, entrepreneur Chu Shijian, dies aged 91

  • He made his name by turning Yuxi Tobacco Company – later renamed the Hongta Tobacco Group – into a thriving national tobacco giant in the 1980s and 1990s
  • He was also head of an orange-growing empire in a remote, mountainous area of Yunnan province, southwest China, called Chu Oranges
Topic |   China economy

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Chu Shijian, China’s Tobacco King, who went on to produce the country’s favourite oranges, has died, aged 91.
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Frank Tang joined the SCMP in 2016 after a decade of China economy coverage and government policy analysis.

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Beijing-based correspondent Amanda Lee covers markets and the economy for the Post, with an interest in China's economic and social landscape. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she joined the Post in 2017 and has previously worked for Thomson Reuters and Forbes.