Zong Qinghou. (Photo/CNS)
Zong Qinghou, China's second-richest man, suffered injuries to his left hand last Friday when he was attacked in Hangzhou, the capital of east China's Zhejiang province where Zong's Wahaha beverage empire is based.
The city's public security authorities have confirmed online rumors that Zong was injured in an attack on the morning of Sept. 13 near his home and sought treatment at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine.
Reports differ on the seriousness of his injuries, which range from light damage to two tendons to four severed tendons in his left hand. The official Xinhua news agency reported Zong as saying that he was still working and recovering well from his "minor injuries."
Police say the suspect, a 49-year-old man surnamed Yang, was arrested at 3pm on the same day. Yang, who is unemployed, reportedly sought out Zong for a job and attacked him when he was turned down. Earlier reports incorrectly indicated that multiple assailants were involved.
The 67-year-old Zong is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, the leading beverage company in China. With a personal fortune of 115 billion yuan (US$18.8 billion), he was ranked the wealthiest man in China until he was recently passed by real estate tycoon Wang Jianlin.
Wahaha grew from humble origins after Zong started his first factory in 1987, becoming one of the top 500 private enterprises in China. As the largest beverage enterprise in the country, the group employs nearly 30,000 people and recorded revenues of 63.6 billion yuan (US$10.4 billion) last year.
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