Chinese billionaire tied to $6.5 million payment for Stanford met with Trump

© Erin Lubin/Bloomberg/Getty Images Students walk through an open corridor on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California.

Not long after his daughter got into Stanford University with the help of a $6.5 million payment, Chinese pharmaceutical billionaire Zhao Tao met with Donald Trump to promote a key Beijing foreign-policy initiative.

At the June 28, 2017, meeting in Washington, Mr. Zhao got his picture taken with Donald Trump alongside the First Lady. Mr. Zhao led a delegation of Chinese entrepreneurs to the event, his company said in a post on its website.

Around the time of his Washington trip, Mr. Zhao’s daughter Yusi was preparing for her freshman year at Stanford. The Zhao family paid $6.5 million to college counselor William “Rick” Singer, to help secure their daughter’s admission.


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