Ren Zhiqiang is an incarcerated Chinese real estate tycoon and a blogger on Sina Weibo with more than 37 million followers.
15 Facts About Ren Zhiqiang
Ren Zhiqiang disappeared on 12 March 2020 after criticizing CCP general secretary Xi Jinping as a "clown" over the handling of China's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ren Zhiqiang was born in Laizhou, Yantai, Shandong Province on 8 March 1951.
Ren Zhiqiang's father, Ren Quansheng, served as China's Vice Minister of Commerce, and his mother was a municipal official in Beijing.
Ren Zhiqiang's parents were persecuted during the Cultural Revolution, and he went to the countryside of Yan'an to work as a sent-down youth in 1968.
Ren Zhiqiang left the army in 1981 and became deputy general manager of Beijing Yida.
Ren Zhiqiang was imprisoned in September 1985, but was released 14 months later without being convicted of any crime.
Ren Zhiqiang became vice president of Huayuan Corporation in 1988, and President in 1993.
Ren Zhiqiang holds a Master of Laws degree from Renmin University of China.
Ren Zhiqiang's salary was reportedly 7.07 million yuan.
Ren Zhiqiang resigned as head of the property company in 2014.
Ren Zhiqiang is known for his criticism of Communist Party and government policies.
On 2 May 2016, Ren Zhiqiang was placed on a one-year probation within party.
Ren Zhiqiang said that the lack of free press and freedom of speech had delayed the official response to the pandemic, worsening its impact.
On 7 April 2020, the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that Ren Zhiqiang was being investigated for alleged "serious violations of law and discipline".