The internet has been in a frenzy over the past few days as Zhao Wei vanished from China’s streaming and social media websites. Many fans grew curious to learn the actress’ net worth among other things ever since the news broke.
The mystery surrounding the My Fair Princess actress’ whereabouts has intensified recently.
Reports claim that Zhao had been removed from the Chinese social media site Weibo and her name has been scrubbed clean from the credits of films and TV shows she has been a part of.
If you’re just as curious as we were about the whereabouts of Zhao Wei and her net worth among other details, keep on reading!
Zhao Wei: What is the actress’ net worth?
- Zhao is worth approximately $1 billion.
The actress has amassed a huge fortune thanks to her movie and music career. She has also invested in many ventures, which has further added to her wealth.
The 45-year-old actress is one of the few billionaires to come out of China, especially from the country’s entertainment industry.
The actress, who was born in Wuhu, Anhui, has been acting since her high school days. After getting her first taste of being an actor as a teenager, she moved to Shanghai and enrolled in an acting school.
Some of her highly successful films are My Fair Princess, Lost in Hong Kong and Shaolin Soccer.
Between 1999 and 2009, the actress also released seven studio albums, thus creating a successful music career for herself.
Zhao has also entered into business ventures with fellow Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma. Back in 2014, Zhao and Huang reportedly paid the equivalent of $400 million for a 9% stake in Alibaba Pictures, a company Jack owns.
She also reportedly owns an $8 million winery called Chateau Monlot in France.
Chinese government removes actress from the internet
According to reports, upon government orders on August 26, Zhao was removed from all Chinese social media platforms. To add to that, her name was deleted from the credits of all her movies and TV shows as well. Her name was also scrubbed clean off major Chinese streaming sites like Tencent Video and iQiyi.
In addition to this, discussions about Zhao were censored on Chinese social media.
A report in The Global Times states that the government is yet to give an official explanation for these moves.
However, the report also states that in the past, Zhao has faced many allegations of financial impropriety, while a plethora of other scandals has also surfaced against her.
Namely, in 2018, the Shanghai Stock Exchange banned the actress and her husband Huang Xing from acting as company executives for five years, as a result of some irregularities in their finances.
Reports also claim that this might be a part of the Chinese government’s crackdown on the entertainment industry and a move to regulate the excess of celebrity fan culture in the country.
Where is the Shaolin Soccer star now?
It seems like Zhao’s whereabouts are still up in the air.
Over the weekend, some unsubstantiated reports claimed that she and her husband had fled China to go to Bordeaux, where they own a winery. However, the actress took to her Instagram in an attempt to dispel these rumours.
In a post, Zhao reportedly claimed that she was staying with her parents in Beijing. But, the post was deleted shortly after.