Chen Guangbiao, the Chinese tycoon who famously tried to buy the New York Times earlier this year, is at it again!
This time, he’s placed ads in the Times and also the Wall Street Journal inviting “destitute Americans” to a charity luncheon at the Boat House Restaurant in Central Park on June 25.
For those who haven’t already seen Chen’s self-indulgent business card, it starts out saying: “Most Influential Person of China, Most Prominent Philanthropist of China, China Moral Leader, China Earthquake Rescue Hero, Most Well-Known and Beloved Chinese Role Model…”
Hey don’t laugh—this man is totally serious about promoting himself as a good guy, and restoring the reputation of the uber rich in China!
Oh by the way, he’s also going to give each guest $300.
Chen reportedly told the South China Morning Post that he wants Americans to know there are philanthropists in China, and not all the rich people go crazy about luxury goods, gambling, and prostitution.
He added: “At the same time, there are many wealthy Chinese billionaires, but most of them gained their wealth from market speculation and colluding with government officials while destroying the environment… I’m trying to stimulate them to do good.”
Well, not surprisingly, Chinese netizens are painting a totally different picture of Chen… Weibo comments on the story are already starting to build up, and so far only one of them isn’t criticizing him.
One blogger wrote: “He made money from the Chinese people, and does no charitable work for Chinese people, but instead goes to the United States to show off.”
A second said: “Chen Guangbiao, your mom is calling you to do charitable things back home!”
And a third commented: “What!? He still remembers he’s made in China?”
Looks like Chen will only be remembered for having far more money than sense!
Here’s that business card again if you feel like having another laugh.