Speaking about his wife in a televised interview in 2017 (link in Chinese), Liu said he was a guy with “face blindness.” He added: “To be honest, I’m with her not because she is pretty. That’s because I can’t even tell whether she is pretty or not.”

China’s internet users didn’t buy into his theory, and started calling him “Doesn’t know his wife is pretty Liu Qiangdong” (不知妻美刘强东).

The one who will come home next week

Jia Yueting, co-founder and head of Le Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco and formerly as LeTV, poses for a photo in front of a logo of his company after a Reuters interview at LeEco headquarters in Beijing, China, picture taken April 22, 2016. To match Insight
LeEco founder Jia Yueting.
Image: Reuters/Jason Lee

Jia Yueting was one of the few tech entrepreneurs who was seen as China’s answer to Steve Jobs. The founder of LeEco, which started off as a video-streaming business, once vowed to build an empire to rival Apple, Netflix, Amazon, and Tesla all at once. Now his company is running out of cash, and Jia has been blacklisted by Chinese courts as a defaulter, with $220 million of his assets frozen.

Amid the ongoing spat with LeEco’s creditors, Jia secretly traveled to the US in July last year, claiming to raise funds for an electric-car startup which he backs. Soon afterwards, LeEco told the press (link in Chinese) that Jia will likely return to China in one or two weeks. In fact, Jia never did return—he said in November (link in Chinese) that he would “not return home temporarily.” Chinese internet users now ridicule him as “Home next week Jia Yueting” (下周回国贾跃亭).

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