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.
Wang Gongquan looks gaunt and worn in photos that surface online following trial of organisers of the New Citizen movement