Tsai Eng-meng

Tsai Eng-meng (Chinese: 蔡衍明; pinyin: Cài Yǎnmíng; born 1957) is a Taiwanese businessman, chairman of the snack food company Want Want China.[2] In 2017 he was the richest person in Taiwan.[3]

Tsai Eng-meng
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Born1957 (age 63–64)
Datong, Taipei, Taiwan
Net worthUS$5.6 billion (August 2020)[1]
TitleChairman, Want Want China
Children2 sons

Early lifeEdit

Tsai was born in 1957,[4] in Datong District, Taipei, the son of Tsai A-Shi, who founded a canned fish business in 1962.[5]


Tsai succeeded his father as chairman of Want Want in 1987.[4]

According to Forbes, Tsai Eng-meng has a net worth of $5.9 billion, as of January 2017.[1]

For a non-politician, he has been extremely active politically. He strongly supports the unification of Taiwan and China.[6] In 2012 he said that "unification will happen sooner or later."[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Shanghai, China.[1] His older son, Kevin Tsai runs the family's media empire of TV stations and newspapers.[5] His younger son Matthew Tsai (Tsai Wang-Chia, born 1984) is the chief operating officer of Want Want China.[4] He is a follower of Buddhism.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: Tsai Eng-Meng". Forbes. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Want Want's Tsai ranks as richest man in Taiwan | Economics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". Focustaiwan.tw. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "中国旺旺 - 中国旺旺". Want-want.com. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Billionaire's Media Push Tests The Toughness Of A Taiwan "Strawberry"". Forbes.com. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  6. ^ Aspinwall, Nick. "Taiwan Shaken by Concerns Over Chinese Influence in Media, Press Freedom". thediplomat.com. The Diplomat. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. ^ Higgins, Andrew. "Tycoon prods Taiwan closer to China". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  8. ^ Lee, Minerva (4 June 2017). "10 Buddhist Billionaires in Asia".