In the latest twist in the saga of the disappearing and reappearing Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, the businessman has recently been spotted not just out in public, but out in public abroad.
Pictures hit Weibo earlier today, showing the Fosun CEO out and about in the Big Apple, dining at a restaurant and just generally not being confined inside a suicide-proof room:
After reports last week that Guo was missing, the investment firm Fosun Group said that its founder was aiding police with an investigation, though it was widely speculated that China’s 11th richest man was undergoing investigation for graft, possibly for his connections with Wang Zongnan, a former chairman of a state-owned enterprise who is now in prison for 18 years on charges of embezzlement and bribery.
After Guangchang’s mysterious four-day disappearance, he mystified his staff by reappearing briefly at a business meeting to address falling stock prices in his firm after he abruptly dropped off the face of the earth. Still, he didn’t acknowledging his disappearance, and left abruptly before the meeting concluded, vanishing once more. Poof!
But now, he has resurfaced on the other side of the world in a restaurant in New York City, where Guo previously bought the One Chase Manhattan Plaza skyscraper for $725 million in 2013.
“He appeared to be in good spirits,” according to the accompanying Weibo post, which added that the picture was evidence that this whole time Guo had “merely been helping with an investigation.”
By Mary DeMay