The Octagon Of Oligarchy: Meet China's "Eight Immortals" - An Infographic

Tyler Durden's picture

America may have the Octogenarian (Oracle) of Omaha but China has the Octagon of Oligarchy: an octet of the families that run the world's (still) fastest growing, marginal economy, which by extension likely makes them the eight most powerful families in the world. So powerful, that Bloomberg has just released a series not only mapping out the various linkages and profiling said families but has appropriately dubbed them the "Eight Immortals."  In doing so it has revealed "the origins of princelings, an elite class that has been able to amass wealth and influence, and exploit opportunities unavailable to most Chinese. Bloomberg tracked 103 people – descendants including children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and their respective spouses. The Immortals, now all dead, are revered in communist lore as revolutionary fighters who led China’s economic opening after Mao Zedong’s death.

The identities and business dealings of these families are often cloaked in secrecy because of state censorship and complex corporate webs. To document them, Bloomberg scoured thousands of pages of corporate filings, property records, official websites and archives, and conducted dozens of interviews from China to the United States, where many were educated and have at times made their homes. To read the related stories click here and here.

For those who can not be bothered to read the fascinating in depth series which will likely see Bloomberg blocked in China once again for the next several days, here is the full infographic breakdown:

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ACP's picture

FUCKIN' immortals!

flacon's picture

Stupid parasitical immortals. I'm sick of these "larger-than-life" parasites living in their castles built of ponzi paper. 

old naughty's picture

If you add four more IM-mortals then you get one for each birth sign...

But then you'd have 50% more CON-nections. Ponder that.

In fact, ponder that in kilo or hundred-kilo ranges...

Chinese people are FOURTY-NINed.

YuropeanImbecille's picture

Who is the Jew Alan Lee Knaus ? Would be greatful for any further information regarding this man who pulls the strings and brokers power between these families.


ich1baN's picture

I'm in China now and I can't even use my VPN anymore because I don't know what is good for me.... I have about a 30% success rate getting onto ZH at work and 0% success rate when using the wifi from home. 

BattlegroundEurope2011's picture

In one of the comments:


Where is the Rothschild/Rockerfeller infographics?

old naughty's picture

Pleeze go back and read it again...

Didn't you see them behind those eight portraits?

Who funded the IN-auguration of the CCP in early 20C ?

Didn't most of those guys got education from abroad?

FreedomGuy's picture

My assertion is that leftist societies simply replace the old kings/emperors/czars, dukes, princes, etc. of the old monarchies with the modern equivalents under different names and often called "comrade". There is no real functional difference. The power is near absolute, based on nepotism, power and the favor of the monarch/autocrat. All things in leftist society still run by dictate. 

john39's picture

Most US presidents are related to European 'royal' families... Meet the new boss... Amazing how easy it is to fool people into believing that they choose their leadership.

ultraticum's picture

Which euro famliy is Barry choom hussein soetero Obama from? Is its roots in the brain dead PC mainstream one?

Anusocracy's picture

As the alpha-males go rolling along.

Colonel's picture

+1 And thanks to their useful idiots.

lakecity55's picture

Dictatorshp of the Technocrat

Colonial Intent's picture

Breakng news

"socialists are just as corrupt as capitalists"

q99x2's picture

Bout the same as the US.

Freddie's picture

Wow - looks like China's Military-Industrial complex oligarchs.   Funny how Eisenhower warned us about this. 

These evil f***s also own those crappy buffett restaurants in the USA that are frequented by all-you-can eat fat asses.  It is all Red Army.  

They load everything up with filler like guar gum and corn starch plus cat.  These restaurants are also fronts for Chinese gambling, money laundering, human slavery, drug running, loan sharking and illegal immigration.

ronaldawg's picture

Still looking for that Human Slavery thingy - need some kitchen help for the wife. Just saying..........

merizobeach's picture

Better yet, just trade in the wife; a Chinese replacement will be younger, thinner, prettier, less arrogant and obnoxious, and more subservient.  You get the wife and slave in one person while at the same time doing away with the fat, stupid, western bitch.

exi1ed0ne's picture

 "younger, thinner, prettier, less arrogant and obnoxious, and more subservient"


For a while anyway:

akak's picture

And where are all the descendants of the greatest mass murderer, by far, in human history himself, Mousy Tongue?  I have a hard time believing that they are selflessly toiling on some collective farm or in some anonymous sweatshop, Little Red Book in hand, celebrating the glorious legacy of Mao's Great Leap Forward (into Starvation), and doing homage tohis so-called "Cultural Revolution" which set back the education of the entire Chinese nation by a generation, as well as destroyed a significant fraction of three millenia's worth of the collected cultural treasures of China, all in the name of The Great Helmsman and his collectivistic, sociopathic communist "revolution".

Jendrzejczyk's picture

They are selflessly toiling at their computers spreading the evilship of American blobbing up Easter Island style.

akak's picture

Indeed --- when they are not offuscating, kicking the can, blobbing-up, lambasting middle class kings, monolizing the speeching means, or making somebody laugh.

Jendrzejczyk's picture

Please never forgetting the great relieving of the people the building of many miles of roadsides has brought. Make me crap my hands joyfurry.

akak's picture

Ancient Chinese Citizenism proverb:

A journey of a thousand li begins with a single (roadside) crap.

Freddie's picture

These are the people (Chi Coms) who want to disarm you along with Murdoch, Bloomberg, All of TV, ALL of Hollywood, black racist Jamie Fooxx, the Democrat Party, that **cktard Piers Morgan and assorted other arseholes.

WTFUD's picture

I don't mind rubbing shoulders with Pinkie Commie Homo Subversive Radicals!
And for sure buddy i swear hand on heart i would not want to take away your gun(s) or anyone elses gun! Infact i don't ever want to meet you; further i am taking out a restraining order that you never come within shooting range of me!

Colonial Intent's picture

when you find a restraining order preventing him from posting his racist BS and binary thought processes let us know.

Anusocracy's picture

Hillary is the last surviving relative of Mao Zedong.

nevket240's picture

Not Al Gores hero, Mao Tse Dung, Stalin. #1 in the mass murder list but because he and Dung are Leftists it was all for the common good.

regards from China. very slow business here in Zhuhai.

DougM's picture

Chen! Wang! Peng! Deng! Yang!

Chinese immortals or the noise I get when I drop a fork into a utensil drawer ?

akak's picture

You forgot Ching, Ping, Dong and Ting.

It's the mattering thing.


TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Alas, alas, alas quintupled and lessened by two, forever glorious chairmaniacal wisdom expressioned in Book of Small Redness by his Maoliness has givinged the indication of immortalance not the hereditarical necessarily.

Best, Bo Yibo enmeshed in shrinery of immortalance judiciously. His son, Bo Xilai, enmeshed in shamery of Wang Chung incident and not of light heart having dangdang.

Son of Loki's picture

I remember when all the Yuppies waved Chairman's Little Red Book in the air during the 1960's protests. Now many of these same 'radical' people are working on Wall Street in banks, law firms, etc. as brokers, bankers, lawyers...he he he.


Funny that.

nevket240's picture

And running the biggest criminal fraud in history. Global warming. All the old Maoist Marxist drug addled Hippie crud from that era are the fathers and mothers of Eco-Facsism, but its all for the common good so its OK to lie.


WTFUD's picture

akak fluck you too fluckflace

akak's picture

You are eloquence incarnate.

Colonial Intent's picture

You are allowed to say fuck On ZH, we are all adults.

ball-and-chain's picture


What a joke.

My true fear?

China is being lauded by great capitalists like Peter Schiff and Marc Faber as a model to follow.

Fascism good.  Fair wages bad.

I ain't buying the bullshit.

moskov's picture

they are not Jews. So they are not as evil as United States' elites

ronaldawg's picture

You longgggg!

Chinese are the asian equivalent to Joos!

WTFUD's picture

ronaldawg is that the english national flag? sooner we jocks get independence from fruitcakes like you the better! if it's not the st georges toilet rag then i apologise!

Is there a significant diffetence between the 99% Jewish and the 99% English or Argentinians?

You and a number of " brighter pods" on Z/H are responsible for grouping and thereby disenfranchising the very people who could make a difference to the way forward! Not being Jewish myself i am guessing that 99% of them ( ok maybe 98%) feel like they are being double shafted ( lose/lose).

Also brighter pods on here talk Banksters when the noun should read Facilitators. Someones gotta do it until another medium is invented! Infact i think it would be brave of a CEO to put himself upfront close scrutiny for anything less than $100 million a year, a piss in the ocean in the grand scheme of things. Hand on heart i would be lying if i would turn down say a non- exec directorship tomorrow with a TBTF.

Grouping Trap MSM! Get rid of the NF old nazi toilet paper and scour the net for an education and put something bar prejudice on the table!

Still as an active passive unless provoked manic psycotic i wish you and yours a happy new year.

Freddie's picture

Well the only "people" who do not like Saint George's Cross are islamics or Argies.  Which one are you? 

Someone who bows to that corrupt POS Senora Kirschner?  Or someone who bows to Mecca and our dear mullah?

Colonial Intent's picture

Freddie, turn off fox news, its turning your brain to mush.

Joe A's picture

Went to Israel this year. Based on all the 'it's all the Jews fault anyway' rethoric on various sites, expected every Jew in Israel to be a billionaire. Guess what, most Israelies have a hard time making ends meet. Are there Rothschilds etc.? Yes there are and perhaps disproportionally more Jews are billionaires than 'gentiles' but the average Jew is like the average non-Jew although a lot of Jew hating people would disagree with me because nothing works better to feel superior than having someone to blame for all the problems in the world.

AgAu_man's picture

A former colleague of mine, who is a non-practicing and atheistic Joo (Joo by birth and upbringing), and married to a Korean, insisted that "the KOREANS are the Joos of Asia." When I did not comment, or take the potential bait, but simply asked him what he meant by that, he listed a short list of attributes and values that make them rise to success in any culture in history, and that they pass these on to their children, to help them get to the top of the foodchain.

Kiwi Pete's picture

Does your former colleague really think that people object to Jews because they are successful?

For Koreans to be regarded as 'The Jews of Asia' they would need to steal someone elses country then persecute them relentlessly.

They would have to be so arrogant that all their neighbours hate them for their disgraceful treatment of those former land owners so that they need to build a wall around themselves to keep them out.

They would need to rely on the UN to legitimise the creation of their state then turn around and say that they don't give a shit what the UN says about sharing that state equitably with the original owners.

They would need to develope their own nuclear deterant then cry when their neighbours looked like they might want one to even things up.

They would need to create a state that practices apartheid in the same way as the glorious South Africans against those original owners.

They would need to totally infiltrate their best ally and spy on them while sucking them dry for cash and weaapons and then sucker them in to fight their wars for them against the same neighbours they can't get along with.

Then they could consider themselves 'The Jews of Asia'.