Shirley Kuo

Shirley Kuo (Chinese: 郭婉容; pinyin: Guo Wǎnróng; born 25 January 1930) is a Taiwanese politician.

Shirley Kuo
Kuo Wang-jung
Minister of Finance
In office
22 July 1988 – 30 May 1990
Preceded byRobert Chien
Succeeded byWang Chien-shien
Minister of Council for Economic Planning and Development
In office
1 June 1990 – 27 February 1993
Preceded byFredrick Chien
Succeeded byVincent Siew
Personal details
Born (1930-01-25) 25 January 1930 (age 91)
Tainan Prefecture, Taiwan, Empire of Japan
Nationality Taiwan (Republic of China)
Political partyKuomintang
Spouse(s)Ni Wen-ya
ChildrenChristina Liu
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kobe University

Kuo earned a doctorate in economics from Kobe University in Japan after receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from National Taiwan University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.[1][2] Upon her appointment to the Ministry of Finance, Kuo became the first female cabinet minister in the history of the Republic of China.[1] She led the ministry from 1988 to 1990, before being named the head minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, a position she held until 1993.

She was married to Ni Wen-ya until his death in 2006. A daughter from her first marriage, Christina Liu, was finance minister in 2012.[3][4] Peng Ming-min is her first cousin.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Shirley Ready To Take A Bow". Taiwan Today. 25 July 1988. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  2. ^ Trenhaile, John (1 August 1996). "The New Cabinet". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Leaders pay their last respects to Nieh Wen-ya". China Post. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Media hail new CEPD, finance ministers". China Post. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^ Hughes, Christopher (2013). Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism: National Identity and Status in International Society. Routledge. p. 52. ISBN 9781134727551.
  6. ^ Tsai, Henry (2005). Lee Teng-hui and Taiwan's Quest for Identity. Springer. p. 243. ISBN 9781403977175.