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Taiwan billionaire launches $125m Asian 'Nobel Prize'

Published on Jan 28, 2013 6:49 PM
Samuel Yin, chairman of Taiwan conglomerate Ruentex, attends a news conference in Taipei on Jan 28, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - One of Taiwan's richest men on Monday launched what has been widely touted as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and it is even more lucrative than the famed Swedish award.

Samuel Yin, head of the sprawling Ruentex business empire, said that by donating Tw$3 billion ($125 million) for the Tang Prize he had fulfilled one of his biggest dreams.

"I hope that the prize will encourage more research that is beneficial to the world and humankind, promote Chinese culture and make the world a better place," he said.

Beginning in 2014 prizes will be awarded every two years in four different categories - sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and the "rule of law" - to individuals, regardless of nationality.

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