How to Catch a Tiger in China

Before his downfall, former security chief Zhou Yongkang was among the most powerful and feared officials in China, a hardliner who oversaw spending on domestic security outstrip the defense budget. President Xi Jinping ordered a taboo-breaking investigation into Zhou and his family’s business dealings, which according to stories published in tightly censored state media, ran the gamut from oil to luxury cars and liquor with son Zhou Bin taking a leading role.

Published Aug. 4, 2014

Watch the Crackdown on Zhou Yongkang’s Network Unfold
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Type of connection

Zhou Yongkang

1st degree connections
2nd degree connections
3rd degree connections

Note: This graphic follows connections Zhou formed through his career from his start in the oil industry where he eventually rose to run China's largest oil company to his stint as the party chief of Sichuan province before becoming head of the country’s security apparatus. Connections between Zhou and these individuals have been reported by Chinese media including the official Xinhua News Agency, Caixin Magazine and the Beijing News.

Individuals in the first arc, closest to Zhou, are relatives, former subordinates or close allies. Those in the second arc are associates of the people in the first. The third arc includes those linked to individuals in the first or second arc, or to other members of the third arc, and in either instance have no known connection to Zhou.

Bloomberg has contacted or attempted to contact all persons named in the above graphic. State media hasn’t detailed charges in all cases or whether those detained contest the allegations, with those detained unable to make public comments.

Sources: Xinhua News Agency, Caixin Magazine, Beijing News, The 21st Century Business Herald, China Business Journal, South China Morning Post

GRAPHIC: ADAM PEARCE, CHLOE WHITEAKER & KEITH COLLINS / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA; PHOTO: NELSON CHING / BLOOMBERG

EDITORIAL: NEIL WESTERN, SHAI OSTER, TING SHI & AIBING GUO / BLOOMBERG NEWS