Kao Ching-yuen

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Kao Ching-yuen (Chinese: 高清愿; pinyin: Gāo Qīngyuàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ko Chheng-gōan; May 24, 1929 – March 2016) was a Taiwanese businessman. Kao was born to a poor family in Gakkō Village, Hokumon District, Tainan Prefecture, Japanese-era Taiwan (modern-day Xuejia, Tainan). Kao began working upon graduating from elementary school. He got into Taiwan Spinning (台南紡織), a textile processing company in 1954, and became a manager later. Kao left Taiwan Spinning in 1966.[1][2]

He established the Uni-President Corporation in 1967 and served as company chairman until 2013.[2][3]

In 2003 he was awarded a Management Medal by the Chinese Management Association.[4] Kao's death was confirmed by Uni-President on April 1, 2016, and a funeral was held the same day.[5][6]


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  2. ^ a b Chen, Ted (2 April 2016). "Uni-President confirms death of founder Kao". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Chen, Kevin (2013-11-13). "Uni-President chairman Kao resigns". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Management Medal". Chinese Management Association. 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ Tien, Yu-pin (1 April 2016). "Kao Chin-yen, founder of Uni-president Corporation, dies". Central News Agency. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Yang, Sz-rue; Tien, Yu-pin; Hsu, Elizabeth (1 April 2016). "Low-key funeral held for Uni-President founder". Central News Agency. Retrieved 1 April 2016.