Bo Guagua, son of disgraced politburo member and former party boss of Chongqing Bo Xilai, doesn’t seem to be planning a return to China any time soon. Probably a wise move since soon both his parents will be imprisoned by the state.
Soon after Bo Xilai and Gu Kailai were arrested it was rumoured that Bo Guagua was helicoptered out of Harvard to a safe house under the protection of US authorities.
The younger Bo’s time at Harvard wasn’t without controversy. He had to defend himself in early 2012 over accusations that he had received a scholarship for Harvard’s Kennedy School (which costs upwards of $70,000 per year) because of his father’s position.
Having studied at Harrow and Oxford in the UK, and Harvard in the US, Bo Guagua is racking up degrees from prestigious educational institutions. According to Caixin reporter Vincent Ni, that list may soon include Columbia Law School.
It is unclear how Bo Guagua will pay for a degree at Columbia, which costs upwards of $50,000 per year. He may find it difficult to access his parents’ seized assets, though other members of his family are still wealthy (and powerful). Bo Guagua’s maternal aunt Gu Wangning put her nephew in charge of Guagua Technology Group, a company she invested over two million yuan in (as well as a reported $100,000 for a domain name).