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Posts Tagged ‘Chen Guangbiao’

Chinese Investor Wants to Buy WSJ Now Because He’s ‘Very Good at Working with Jews’

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After failing in his attempt to buy The New York Times, China’s most awkward billionaire has now set his sights on The Wall Street Journal (and some bridge in California, too).

Chen Guangbiaodescribed by the South China Morning Post as a “recycling tycoon” who’s also one of the 400 richest people in the world’s largest country—really wanted to make the NYT his own before that “bid” was “undone by media attention.

He’s not done yet, though; he has some terrible quotes to entertain and amuse us all!

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Chinese Billionaire’s ‘Fresh Canned Air’ Stunt Doing Quite Well, Thanks

Chinese billionaire/philanthropist Chen Guangbiao‘s uniquely capitalist campaign to “protesting” air pollution has attracted a good bit of Western media attention over the past few weeks. Here’s the crazy thing: it’s working!

Chen first began selling his “canned fresh air” product last September in an effort to “heighten public awareness on environmental protection and the importance of clean air”– and this week we learned that it’s selling quite well despite the fact that the whole endeavor looks like nothing more than a big PR stunt.

The air–which was “collected” from low-pollution areas to be sold for less than a dollar a can in flavors like “Pristine Tibet”–has flown off urban Chinese supermarket shelves in recent weeks as a particularly brutal wave of smog washes over Beijing and the surrounding areas.

Was Chen really trying to convince the government to take action in combating pollution? Was he just looking to make money? Or does the “fresh air” project serve as a nice illustration of the inherent conflicts between a pseudo-capitalist economy and an authoritarian state?

Well, Chen claims to donate all the project’s profits to charity and he’s recently taken to handing out free cans in the street, so we’d call this a particularly creative and well-funded approach to issue-based advocacy campaigns.

Last but not least: You didn’t really think we’d forget this little nugget, did you?

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