He Xiangjian: China arrests five after attempt to kidnap billionaire

Five people were arrested in China after attempting to kidnap one of the country's richest men, He Xiangjian.
Mr. He is the billionaire of the Midea Group, one of the world's largest manufacturers of household appliances.
The police were informed on Sunday by his son, who had evaded the intruders, about the break-in in his luxury villa in Foshan City, southern Guangdong Province.
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Everyone involved was arrested and no one was injured, the police said. Social media users compared it to an action film plot.
Mr. He's son is reported to have sneaked out of the property and swam across a nearby river to seek help.
What happened?
Police in Foshan received a call on Sunday evening saying that suspects had entered He Xiangjian's luxury villa and were believed to be carrying explosives.
It is believed that the call was made by He Jianfeng, the tycoon's 55-year-old son and one of the group's directors. Technology news website TMT Post says he "swam across the river near his home to call the police."
The independent South China Morning Post reports that several people in the local community have told the newspaper that they have been instructed to remain strictly closed between Sunday evening and Monday morning while the police responded to the incident.
"I was a bit afraid, after all, I always thought that security was better here than in other parts of the city," a resident told the newspaper.
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The Foshan police also made a statement saying that they had arrested five suspects after an attempted kidnapping. You are still investigating the incident.
Midea posted a thank-you note on its Sina Weibo page that the state-run Global Times said "indirectly confirms the truth of the incident."
"Thank you to the police, thank you to the media and to all areas of society for your concern," says a link to the police statement.
Who is he xiangjian?
He Xiangjian is one of the richest and least reluctant billionaires in China.
He is valued at $ 24.8 billion and is the sixth richest person in China according to Forbes Rich List. He is the 36th richest person in the world.
He built Midea from scratch in 1968 when he was 26 years old.
The company started manufacturing bottle caps and auto parts. Today it is known throughout China as one of the largest companies in home appliances and commercial air conditioning.
It also owns one of the largest robotics companies in the world, the German company Kuka.
Like a movie plot
The South China Morning Post notes that the incident "has drawn public attention to the amazing wealth of He, who has retained a much lower profile than many of his tycoon counterparts."
Images of Mr Hee's manor house in European style with replica Roman columns have amazed Weibo users, as have pictures of the strong police presence in front of his villa in Foshan.
The incident has led to lively conversations on Chinese social media. Many say it's like the action of an action film.
Many in the popular Sina Weibo microblog comment on the perceived stupidity of the perpetrators. "How can people be so arrogant in broad daylight?" a user asks.
"Everything is going to be outrageous in 2020," added another.
Users also ask about the presence of Mr. He's security. The South China Morning Post reports that Mr. He's villa regularly has two security guards stationed in front of the property, and that the billionaire's villa "has its own 24-hour security guard."
Some Weibo users find that China's outbreak of the epidemic has led to "despair".
"It has become difficult to make money after the epidemic," says one user. "If people's employment and livelihood are not guaranteed, there will always be people who take risks," added another.
Midea headquarters employees had a day off. The company claims to carry out a risk assessment.
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