Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Hu Zhong. Image from People Net via Sohu
Paper Tiger Limited founder Hu Zhong (胡忠) was stabbed to death in a car park on July 9. He was CEO of the newspaper and magazine distribution company that later developed malls and websites for online book and magazine shopping as well as other similar services.
The Beijing News called him a first generation paperboy (中国第一代报童) and his death is suspected to be revenge-motivated, though the police are still investigating. The Beijing News ran an obituary on Sunday August 8, the first part is translated below:
Beijing Paper Tiger Limited CEO dead from stabbingby The Beijing News
Hu Zhong was born in Hunan, later he moved to Jiangxi with his family. His family remember him doing business from home at a young age, and during the summer holidays he would ride his bike selling popsicles, recycle beer bottles, and make money to go to school.
In 1989, Hu Zhong was admitted to the vocal music department of the Minzu University of China from Guangxi. Because he came from a poor background, not long after entering university, through a friend’s introduction Hu Zhong started working at the distribution department of China Business Media Corporation Limited (中国经营报社). Working part-time and studying part-time, he became a paper-delivery boy.
At the time, traditional distribution was monopolized by the State Post Office. Hu Zhong liked to observe and think, and quickly he mastered the basic set of skills needed for distribution. He rode his bicycle and found every newspaper stall in Beijing, drew regional maps and appointed a different person to each district.
Hu Zhong’s brother-in-law Cao Zhangwu (曹章武) claimed that at the time Hu Zhong could shout out the name of every newspaper stand owner, and knew like the back of his hand what papers did well where, and which readers liked what news. “Hu Zhong had broken many records,” said Cao Zhangwu. His team would get mature over time. And in 1999, after ten years of struggling, left Life Style and used the first bucket of gold he had earned to found Paper Tiger.
He was cremated at Beijing's Babaoshan (八宝山) cemetery.
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