July 30, 2010 update: “Li Lu (李录/李錄), Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett”
Here is an excerpt from the May 1996 article “The Graduate” (emphasis added),
ABSTRACT: Talk story about Chinese dissident Li Lu, who became the first student in the history of Columbia University to simultaneously receive degrees from the undergraduate college, the law school and the business school… One of the principal architects of the Tiananmen Square protest in China, in 1989, he has lived a life of epic dimensions… He managed to achieve his academic feat despite having arrived in New York without a penny, a friend, or a word of English. “I do love learning,” he said, a few hours after he addressed the graduating class of Columbia Law School.
And this interesting May 2009 article “Reincarnation” from The New Yorker, here is an excerpt (emphasis added),
It’s easy to miss the most surprising fact about Warren Buffett’s recent investment in BYD, the Chinese electric-car maker. On the second-to-last page of this Fortune piece, you’ll see a photo of men on a private jet ferrying the Chinese car-tycoon Wang Chuan-Fu to Omaha to see Buffett. Wang is accompanied by a man named Li Lu, who is identified in the caption as “a company advisor.” Li Lu’s role in the deal marks a new chapter in one of the more striking stories of self-reinvention to come out of China: twenty years ago this spring, Li was a student leader of the democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.