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Who is Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon arrested in Hong Kong? – Sydney Morning Herald

From being smuggled from the mainland on a fishing boat at the age of 12, to founding the Giordano empire and Apple Daily, there was no stopping Lai.

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He started working in a textile factory and by the age of 25 had set up a successful garment business, manufacturing sweaters for major US retailers.
Lai says the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy students in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing spurred him to switch from the garment business to media.
The tycoon had been a frequent visitor to Washington where he has met senior officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to rally support for Hong Kong democracy, prompting Beiji…

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