US action against Huawei, such as the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and a trade blacklist 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 compete with Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s flagships, and Google’s Pixel line.
The firm also sells mobile network equipment to global telcos, and it’s that element of the business that has raised alarm bells in the US. Fearing the firm is a conduit for Chinese spying, the US has placed the company on a trade blacklist, effectively locking it out of the US.
All of this has resulted in CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei granting multiple interviews to try and defend his company. Ren rarely gave interviews previously, nor did he speak much about his family. Huawei’s CFO, awaiting extradition, happens to be his daughter. He has a reputed wealth of $3.2 billion.
Ren has married twice, and he’s produced a brood of children. Not all of them are quite so press-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: