A college admissions cheating scheme in the United States has triggered widespread discussio
n among Chinese netizens during the four-day May Day holiday after it was reported that a w
ealthy family paid $6.5 million to assure their daughter’s admission to Stanford University.
Billionaire Zhao Tao, 52, president and co-founder of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals, a company that spec
ializes in traditional Chinese medicine to fight cardiovascular disease, reportedly funneled money to William Ric
k Singer, the admissions consultant who is at the center of the explosive case brought by US federal prosecutors.
The executive’s daughter, Zhao Yusi, also known as Molly Zhao, got a spot at Stanford University by presenting h
erself as a recruit for the school’s sailing team. The price was $6.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Zhao’s mother, identified as Mrs Zhao in a statement delivered through her attor
ney, said the family gave $6.5 million to Singer for the school’s scholarship fund and other purposes.