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T. V. Soong

Tse-ven Soong, or Soong Tzu-wen (Chinese: 宋子文, pinyin: Sng Zǐwn; 1894 - 1971), a prominent millionaire businessman and politician in the early 20th Century Republic of China, had Charlie Soong as a father and the Soong sisters as siblings.

Born in Shanghai, T. V. Soong received his education at Harvard University and returned to China to engage in private business. In the Kuomintang-controlled government he served as governor of the Central Bank of China and minister of finance (1928 - 1931, 1932 - 1933); minister of foreign affairs (1942 - 1945); and president of the Executive Yuan (1945 - 1947). With the defeat of the Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War, he moved to San Francisco and lived there until his death at the age of 77.

Soong was married to Chang Yeh-chia (張樂恰 Zhang Yueqia).

See also: History of the Republic of China