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China’s Eight Immortals Beget New Princeling Elite: Graphic

The descendants of Communist China’s so-called Eight Immortals have spawned a new elite class known as the princelings, who are able to amass wealth and exploit opportunities unavailable to most Chinese.

Bloomberg News traced the origins of 103 people, the Immortals’ direct descendants and their spouses. While the patriarchs are now all dead, they are revered in communist lore as revolutionary fighters who led China’s economic opening after Mao Zedong’s death.