Date: January 21, 2016
Chang Yung-fa, founder of Taiwan shipping and transportation conglomerate
Evergreen Group, died Jan. 20 aged 88 in Taipei City, according to a statement by the company.
Born 1927 in Yilan County of eastern Taiwan, Chang started his shipping career with Minami Nippon Steamship’s Keelung office at 14. He founded Evergreen Marine Corp. in 1968 and grew the one-vessel company into one of the world’s largest container carriers.
Over the years, Chang’s business expanded to logistics, travel and related services, including a hotel chain with locations in Taipei, Bangkok, Paris and other cities.
The tycoon entered the aviation sector in 1989 with EVA Airways Corp., Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline. The Taoyuan City-based carrier provides passenger and cargo services in over 40 markets around the world. [FULL STORY]