China Tycoon Wants To Buy New York Times

Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao believes Sulzberger family will sell for the "right price"

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Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao gives money away to street cleaners during an event he organized in Nanjing, Jiangsu province Feb. 21, 2013.

An eccentric Chinese tycoon announced on Tuesday he wants to buy The New York Times.

Chen Guangbiao, the self-made owner of a recycling empire, said he is due to meet a “leading shareholder” in the Times on Jan. 5 to open negotiations, even though the company’s chairman, Arthur Sulzberger Jr, has long insisted the Times is not for sale. “There’s nothing that can’t be bought for the right price,” Chen Reuters.

Chen, whose wealth is estimated at approximately $740 million, said he had lined up an anonymous business partner in Hong Kong to help raise the approximately $1 billion needed to buy the newspaper. “If we act in sincerity and good faith, I believe the Times chairman will change his way of thinking,” he said. A spokesperson for the Times told Reuters it didn’t comment on rumors.

The entrepreneur is famous in China for headline-grabbing publicity stunts. In January, he distributed cans of “fresh air” while northern China suffered under a severe bout of toxic smog. He also handed out 5,000 free bicycles to urge people to ride bikes instead of driving.

If his offer to buy the Times fails, Chen said he might put offers in to purchase CNN, The Washington Post — which was recently bought by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — or the Wall Street Journal. “I’m still willing to consider buying lesser media outlets,” he said.

[Reuters]

5 comments
michael.henryb
michael.henryb

Now we know why Thomas L. Friedman and Nicholas Kristof were playing up the Chinese. This deal has been decided 7 years ago but were waiting for the right time. 

Shame on  Thomas L. Friedman and Nicholas Kristof and the Times for selling out America

They just love money no mater what they claim


Openminded1
Openminded1

Great a Chinese tycoon taking over the New York times. Propaganda here we come. Why would  he want the new york times?

NaveedXVO
NaveedXVO

@Openminded1  "Propaganda here we come." But you read the Times so you must like propaganda?


Are you openminded1 and blinded1?

blinded1
blinded1

@Openminded1  

 "Why would  he want the new york times?"

For recycling, of course. That's where NYT's value lies.