meng wanzhou

  • Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested on December 1 in Canada over fears the company violated US sanctions against Iran.
  • Meng is the daughter of Huawei's ultra-wealthy CEO and founder, Ren Zhengfei.
  • Ren and his three children are Chinese royalty, given Huawei is China's most successful tech firm and is bigger in smartphones than Apple.
  • While Meng and her brother Meng Ping work at Huawei and keep their heads down, their half-sister Annabel Yao is a social media-loving socialite who loves ballet and recently appeared at a high-fashion debutante ball in Paris.

The high-profile arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has thrust the Chinese mobile and telecommunications firm into the Western spotlight.

Most people know Huawei in the US and Europe for its well-produced line of smartphones that firmly compete with Apple's iPhone, Samsung's flagships, and Google's Pixel line.

Now US authorities are scrutinizing the Chinese company, and Meng in particular, for potentially violating its trade sanctions against Iran.

Meng isn't just Huawei's CFO, she's Chinese royalty. Her father, Ren Zhengfei, is the founder and CEO of Huawei and keeps an ultra-low profile despite his reputed massive wealth of $3.2 billion.

 According to reports,  Ren has been married three times, and produced a brood of sons of daughters, not all of whom are quite so media-shy.

Here's his youngest daughter, Annabel Yao, appearing at a debutante's ball in Paris in November 2018:

Here's a window into the lives of these crazy rich Asians: 

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei was born in 1944, and came of age just before China's Cultural Revolution began. Zhengfei is his first name, as surnames come first in China.


Ren was born in China's poorest province, Guizhou. He told the BBC in 2015 that he came from a humble background. "We had salt to cook with so we were considered wealthy," he said.


The BBC show is no longer available, but you can read a summary here.

At the age of 30, Ren joined China's military as an engineer — a connection that still provokes questions about Huawei's ties to the army and the government.

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He's denied that the Chinese government has ever asked Huawei to spy.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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