Lin Rong-San

Lin Rong-san (Chinese: 林榮三; 27 May 1939 – 28 November 2015) was a Taiwanese politician, publisher and businessman. He was the founder of Union Bank of Taiwan, and the publisher of Liberty Times and Taipei Times.[2]

Lin Rong-san
Born(1939-05-27)27 May 1939
Died28 November 2015(2015-11-28) (aged 76)
Taipei, Taiwan
OccupationFounder, Union Bank of Taiwan; publisher of Liberty Times and Taipei Times
Net worth$3.9 billion (November 2015)[1]


He won election to the Legislative Yuan in 1975, and was named Vice President of the Control Yuan in 1992, but stepped down to focus on the Liberty Times.[3]

In June 2008, Forbes magazine ranked him as the seventh richest of Taiwan, with a net worth of US$2.7 billion.[4] Lin fell to eighth on the same list in 2010,[5] then slid to tenth in 2011.[6] In November 2015, his fortune was valued at US$3.9 billion.[1] Lin was awarded the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon by Lee Teng-hui in 2000, followed by the Order of Propitious Clouds with Grand Cordon from Chen Shui-bian in 2008.[7]

His older brother is the billionaire real estate developer Lin Yu-lin.

Personal life

Lin died at home in Taipei on 28 November 2015, from cardiopulmonary failure caused by a tumor.[8]


  1. "#9 Lin Rong San". Forbes. November 29, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  2. "《自由時報》創辦人林榮三病逝 享壽77歲、身價逾千億".
  3. "Politicians remember former Liberty Times publisher". China Post. 24 January 2016. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. "#7 Lin Rong San". Forbes. June 4, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  5. "#8 Lin Rong San". Forbes. March 31, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  6. "#10 Lin Rong San". Forbes. 2011.
  7. "OBITUARY: Taipei Times founder Lin Rung San passes away at home aged 76". Taipei Times. November 29, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  8. Tzou, Jiing-wen (November 29, 2015). "Remembering a 'man of unbending character'". Taipei Times. Retrieved November 29, 2015.

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