HNA Group Co. , Ltd. is a privately held company that deals with various niche businesses, such as the aviation industry, real estate, financial services, tourism, logistics and a few other realities. This group of companies is of Chinese origin, and this explains why it may be the owner of a large part of the share capital of Hainan Airlines, or Grand China Air, one of the largest airlines in China. On the other side of the world, HNA owns 25% of the shares of Hilton Worldwide, a hotel network with presence in 105 countries.
With a turnover of around 53 billion dollars a year (2017), and a workforce of 400 billion workers worldwide, we can imagine that the group-size board of directors should be made up of top-level people in terms of academics first, and then in terms of relationships. And indeed, the president, Wang Jian, is a graduate of the Civil Aviation University of China, with a Master of Business Administration from the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands.
According to Forbes, this man, Wang Jian, only 57 years old, had a fortune of $1. 7 trillion as of November 2017, and he was one of the biggest players in the great expansion of the HNA group. Unfortunately, for the business group and its relatives, the president of the company passed away on July 3rd, in the region of Provence, during a business trip to France. The obituary of the HNA Group says in part “we regret the loss of an exceptionally talented leader and role model, whose vision and values will continue to be a lighthouse for all who had the good fortune to know him”.
You’re wondering where I’m going with all this, aren’t you? So how did Wan Jian die? From a heart attack? In a car accident? No, it turns out that this Master in Administration, who is in charge of a fierce business group, in the middle of a business trip decides to climb a wall to take a picture, with such “bad luck” that the guy falls off the wall and kills himself. According to the South China Morning Post, a policeman gave the story over the phone, and the guy didn’t want to come forward, then a coronel confirmed more or less the same thing.
Of course there are a thousand and one ways to die. As it is also true that no one dies on the eve. But there’s news like this that at least for me doesn’t add up, doesn’t close, doesn’t add up. If you tell me that the guy was coming down with alcoholism and depression, we’ll see, but if that were the case he wouldn’t be the president of the company. At those levels the pace is very different; the physical and mental skills are combined as in an elite player only at the business level. But no, he died from taking a picture.