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Guo Wengui

One of China's most-wanted men is a Mar-a-Lago member who trolls China's elites from his Manhattan penthouse.

Real Estate Billionaire

Guo Wengui, otherwise known as Miles Kwok, lost countless millions of dollars when his investment in a Chinese brokerage house went sour. Since then, he has fled the country, and now appears to delight in issuing accusations of widespread corruption against the Communist government from his lush Fifth Avenue apartment. In interviews with U.S.-based outlets including the Chinese-language Mirror and Voice of America’s Mandarin service, Guo has spoken of rot that goes straight to the top of the Communist Party, particularly those in its security apparatus, and has insisted that President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption purges are aimed only at his political enemies, while sparing his friends.

Shocking no one, China's government has responded ferociously. Interpol, now led by a Chinese national, issued a "red notice" for Guo on suspicion of bribery. U.S. authorities aren't cooperating, and Guo has used Twitter to ensure supporters that he's just fine, interspersing accusations of Chinese officials and their families with short clips of himself working out and images of him eating a breakfast of French toast.

Guo nonetheless employs private bodyguards, and happens to belong to Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort. These may be sensible precautions; Xiao Jianhua, another well-connected Chinese billionaire who likely knows too much, was apparently abducted under cover of night from his apartment in the Four Seasons in Hong Kong. Guo has openly, almost gleefully, burned his bridges with Beijing. “Guo Wengui is from the grass roots, born as a farmer and not afraid of death,” he told one interviewer, speaking of himself in the third person. “I don’t want to [wage] war against you,” he added, directing his comment at one former high official’s son, whom Guo blames for his failed brokerage deal. “But you had better watch carefully what you say and do.”

(Photo credit: @KwokMiles/Twitter)

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