Angela Chao’s Death Is Now A Criminal Investigation

The circumstances surrounding the death of Angela Chao, the CEO of New York-based dry bulk shipping company Foremost Group and sister of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, has sparked an investigation, with reports suggesting that the crash “was not a typical accident.”

Fifty-year old Chao, who tragically passed away following a car crash in Texas, was found dead in her sinking vehicle in a pond on a ranch in Johnson City, near Austin, on Feb. 11, as reported by the New York Post. The ranch is owned by a corporation connected to Chao’s husband, Jim Breyer.

Emergency medical services personnel attempted to rescue Chao, but she “succumbed from being under the water,” according to a statement from the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office to the Austin American-Statesman.

A letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from the sheriff’s office reportedly provided details on the unusual nature of the incident.

However, amidst the tributes and accolades, questions linger about the circumstances surrounding her death. Chao’s ties to China, through her position on the board of state-owned Bank of China and other entities, have drawn attention, particularly in light of recent geopolitical tensions and sanctions imposed on Chinese companies.

The manner in which Chao lost her life, who reportedly backed her Tesla into a pond on the ranch, has raised suspicions, with some speculating about the possibility of foul play or technological interference. Concerns have been voiced regarding the adequacy of the investigation, given the international implications and the potential involvement of sophisticated actors.

What to investigate?

Chao had a distinguished career, rising through the ranks at Foremost Group, the company founded by her parents in 1964. She became the chair and CEO in 2018, after serving in various roles within the company, focusing on ship operations and management. Chao, a Harvard graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics, was known for her leadership in the shipping industry and her contributions to maritime education and philanthropy.

In addition to her role at Foremost Group, Chao served on the board of the Bank of China and as a director of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. Her husband, Breyer, a prominent venture capitalist with investments in China, recently announced a hiatus from investing in Chinese tech companies following his firm’s designation as a ‘Chinese military company’ by the U.S. Department of Defense.

China State Shipbuilding Corporation faced sanctions from the Biden administration, further adding to the complex web of connections surrounding her untimely demise.

The news of Chao’s death has prompted speculation and scrutiny, particularly given her family connections and the circumstances of the crash. Jerrick White commented on social media, pointing out the timing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement of stepping down from GOP leadership, just months before the election.

McConnell, who’s married to Elaine Chao, is Chao’s brother-in-law.

One crucial detail not previously highlighted, as pointed out by Hayman Capital Management CIO Kyle Bass, is the recent classification of Chao’s husband’s venture capital partnership, IDG Capital, as a “Chinese Operation” just days before her death. This development raises questions about potential connections to high-ranking officials within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

However, perhaps the most concerning omission is the refusal of the Blanco County Sheriff’s Department to accept assistance from the State Police in the initial investigation. This decision, coupled with the lack of an autopsy, the prompt return of Chao’s car to her family, and the failure to properly preserve evidence has raised eyebrows and fueled speculation about the integrity of the investigation.

Questions abound regarding the technical capacity of the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding Chao’s death.

“It’s a rare occasion in history when a local sheriff turns down the investigative help from such a well respected and storied organization as the Texas Rangers,” Bass wrote on X. “Why is that?! Does the Blanco County Sheriff have the technical capacity to investigate the Tesla Logs to determine if the car was tampered with or even hacked?”

Moreover, revelations that the Blanco County ranch where Chao’s death occurred is also owned by McConnell and Elaine Chao only add to the web of intrigue surrounding the case.


Information for this briefing was found via Fox and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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