褚时健 (Chŭ Shíjiàn) used to be known as “the king of tobacco”, building the greatest tobacco company in Asia, and making floods of money. Now, he’s known as “the king of oranges”, building the greatest orange company in Asia… and making floods of money!
In 1995, the tobacco king came under investigation for serious corruption. Sketchy, yes, but many famous businesspeople, journalists, and tobacco farmers pleaded his case, saying Chŭ’s contribution to the country in the shape of job creation and tax money was so great that the corruption charges paled in comparison.
Either way, it didn’t work, He was condemned to life imprisonment, 71 years old.
Chŭ was soon released on medical parole because of his diabetes. He started planting oranges with his wife, and at 85, he become a billionaire again, this time by selling oranges.
Of course, people call them “inspirational oranges”.