A Chinese billionaire has made bids to purchase the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday, saying he is well eqipped to run the papers since he is "very good at working with Jews."
Recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao, one of China's 400 richest individuals, added that he is aware that many American papers were Jewish-owned, and said he gets along especially well with the Children of Israel since he has "equally competent IQ and EQ."
Chen's meeting with the Times' shareholders apparently fizzled out. Chen blamed the failure on a media leak, though that did not stop him from promptly announcing a new bid for the Journal.
Chen, known in China not only for his riches but also for stunts like handing out cash to victims of China's 2008 earthquake and selling "canned fresh air" to residents of pollution-choked Beijing, made a colorful impression during his visit to the States.
On Thursday, a photo of Chen's business card featuring such commendations as "Most Influential Person in China" and "Most Well-Known and Beloved Chinese Role Model " has gone viral, leading Times reporter Nicholas Kristof to tweet hopefully: "If Chen Guangbiao buys the NY Times, maybe we'll all get business cards like his."
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