TAIPEI, Taiwan — Vivian Wu Yen, chairwoman of the Yulon Group and a major figure in Asian textiles, died Saturday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. She was 95.
A native of China’s Jiangsu Province, Wu and her husband, Yen Ching-ling, left the Mainland for Taiwan in 1948 and created an industrial empire spanning textiles, automobiles, semiconductors and finance. In 1951, Tai Yuen Textile Co. was set up in Hsinchu, followed by Yulon Motor Co. in 1953 and China Motor Corp. in 1969. These three enterprises were later merged into the Yulon Group.
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