Investor elopes, sets online community abuzz
Updated: 2011-05-18 20:04
BEIJING - Wang Gongquan, co-founder of CDH Investment, raised eyebrows in China after posting plans to elope with his mistress on his microblog late Monday night.
Wang Gongquan, 50, made the announcement on the Twitter-like service at www.weibo.com.
"Relatives, friends and fellow colleagues, I have given up everything and eloped with Wang Qin," he wrote, referring to the founder of Jiangsu Zhongfu Science and Technology Industrial Group Co.
"I cannot face all your expectations and trust, don't know how to explain. Beg your forgiveness," Wang also wrote.
"There are so many appointments and responsibilities that I can not make, so I will not turn on my mobile phone just yet. I don't care if my reputation is ruined," he posted in another thread on Wednesday morning.
Though Wang's current whereabouts remain a mystery, his declaration had been shared more than 73,000 times and drew over 37,000 comments by Wednesday.
While some netizens admired Wang's courage to pursue love, many felt sorry for Wang's wife and blamed him for his immoral behavior.
Some people dismiss his act as a publicity stunt and contrary to leaving secretly as Wang's "elopement" is nothing but a "secret," commented netizen Xiqingwa.
CDH issued a letter saying that Wang "is taking some time off and that both the venture and private equity fund were operating normally."
CDH manages over $5.5 billion from more than 100 international and domestic institutional investors, including China's National Social Security, a sovereign wealth fund, according to information on the company's website.
CDH Venture, CDH's venture capital arm, is ranked by Forbes as the fifth best venture capital company in China.
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