Mucha Man wrote:
Koo is in jail as far as I know but for other charges. He's a completely odious character.
I have a hell of a lot of respect for Koo Sr. (Chairman of China Trust). I admit I'm biased---am a close friend of his former personal secretary [important position in Chinese culture].
Apart from being a roving ROC ambassador, representative to APEC etc., he's been a strong advocate for international cooperation between Taiwan and numerous countries on a number of fronts. You may not like his son Mucha Man, but they're an old Taiwan family (first Chinese family to sit in the Japanese Diet back in the early 20th Century) that has done a lot of unpaid work for Taiwan on the international front.
To me, they represent the best of noblesse oblige. They've made a lot of money, but they've also gave a lot back to Taiwan. They've had to deal with some political figures, but I'd put the latter (i.e. politicians in Taiwan) as being the odious types. In traditional Chinese culture, good people just don't enter politics.