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11 January 1933|
Shanghai, Republic of China
|Disappeared||10 April 1990 (aged 57)
|Status||Declared dead in absentia
9 September 1999 (aged 66)
Teddy Wang (born Teddy Wang Tei-huei) (11 January 1933 – missing since 18 April 1990) was a prominent Chinese businessman and founder of the Chinachem Group who was kidnapped for ransom in 1990, and later declared legally dead. His wife, Nina Wang, afterwards launched a lengthy legal battle over her husband's will.
Life and career
He was born in Shanghai, China, where he was a childhood playmate of Kung Yu Sam (aka Nina Wang). He was the son of Wang Din-shin, who had established a paint and chemical business. In 1948, when she was 11 and he 15, they renewed their friendship, and they married in 1955. The Wangs moved to Hong Kong, and the business became the Chinachem Group, eventually one of Hong Kong's largest and most powerful companies based on a lucrative pharmaceutical division.
Kidnapping and death in absentia
Wang was abducted on 12 April 1983, when his Mercedes was hijacked. He was taken away and chained to a bed for eight days until Nina Wang paid a ransom of 33 million Hong Kong dollars.
Wang was kidnapped again for a second time on 10 April 1990 as he left the Jockey Club in Hong Kong, at the age of 57. His abductors demanded HK$60 million. His wife Nina Wang paid an installment of 34 million Hong Kong dollars, but Wang was not returned. Several of the alleged kidnappers were caught and said that the 57-year-old Wang had been thrown into the sea from the sampan—a small Chinese boat—where he was held. His body was never found and he was declared legally dead in 1999. Wang's will was disputed by Nina Wang, the eventual chief beneficiary.