18 January 1917|
Taipei, Japanese Taiwan
|Died||15 October 2008
Short Hills, New Jersey
|Citizenship||Republic of China|
|Home town||Taihoku Prefecture, Japanese Taiwan|
|Children||Winston Wong, Cher Wang|
|Awards||Forbes 178th richest person (2008)|
Wang Yung-ching (also known as YC Wang) (traditional Chinese: 王永慶; simplified Chinese: 王永庆; pinyin: Wáng Yǒngqìng) (18 January 1917 – 15 October 2008) was an influential entrepreneur who founded a large business empire in Taiwan. According to the 2008 Forbes survey, he was the 178th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of US$5.5 billion.
Early life and career
Wang served as the chairman of the board of Formosa Plastics Corporation, one of the largest plastic manufacturers in the world, until June 2006, when he stepped down at the age of 89. He remained chairman of the boards of Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Formosa Chemistry & Fibre Corporation, and Cyma Plywood & Lumber Co. Ltd, but indicated his intention to gradually resign from these positions to retire. He was chairman of Ming-chi Institute of Technology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, and Chang Gung University. He had been a vocal supporter of the Three Links between Taiwan and Mainland China.
He was married to Guo Yueh-lan and had 2 sons and 8 daughters. His eldest son from his second marriage with Liao Chiao, Winston Wang, founded Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing with Jiang Mianheng, the son of former People's Republic of China president Jiang Zemin in 2000. A daughter from his second marriage, Charlene Wang founded Taiwan-based First International Computer, Inc. Another daughter, Cher Wang, founded High Tech Computer (HTC) and VIA Technologies. Among the Wang siblings, Cher has come closest to rivaling her father's wealth. In 2011, Forbes estimated Cher Wang's personal fortune at $8.8 billion, making her the wealthiest individual in Taiwan.
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- "US judge retains tycoon’s case", Taipei Times, 15 August 2009. Accessed 15 March 2011. "Wang Yung-ching died of cardiopulmonary arrest on Oct. 15 at his house in Short Hills, New Jersey, two days after arriving from Taiwan. He traveled to Short Hills 'numerous times on a regular basis every year of the last 20-plus years of his life,' and lived there in the 1980s, the complaint said."
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