James S. C. Chao

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James S. C. Chao
James S.C. Chao October 2016.jpg
Chao in October 2016
Si-Cheng Chao

(1927-12-29) December 29, 1927 (age 91)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationOceangoing Sea Captain
Business leader
Ruth Mulan Chu
(m. 1951; died 2007)
ChildrenElaine, Jeanette, May, Christine, Grace, Angela

James Si-Cheng Chao (Chinese: 趙錫成; pinyin: Zhào Xīchéng; born December 29, 1927) is a Chinese-American businessman and philanthropist. His daughter, Elaine, is the 18th and current United States Secretary of Transportation.

Career[change | change source]

He is the founder of the Foremost Group, a New York-based shipping, trading, and finance enterprise. The James S.C. Chao Scholarship is named after him.[2] Active philanthropists, Chao and his wife, Ruth Mulan Chu, established the Mulan Foundation in 1984 to provide scholarships to help students in the U.S. and China access higher education.

Chao has served for more than a decade as Chairman of both the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Association in America and the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Foundation of America from 1988-1999.

Personal life[change | change source]

Chao married Ruth Mulan Chu in 1951. Chu died in 2007 from lymphoma. They had six children. They immigrated to the United States in 1961. He now lives in New York City.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao". The Foremost Foundation. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  2. Financial Aid for Asian Americans. Reference Service Press. 2006. p. 349. Retrieved 6 March 2013.

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