JD.com founder's arrest on rape claims puts 'Sister Milk Tea' wife in the spotlight

An Internet celebrity, 24-year-old is also China's youngest female billionaire

Left: Ms Zhang Zetian became known as "Sister Milk Tea" after this photo was published. She was 16 then. Far left: Ms Zhang and her husband, JD.com founder Richard Liu, in a photo taken this year.
Above: Ms Zhang Zetian became known as "Sister Milk Tea" after this photo was published. She was 16 then. PHOTOS: TWITTER/ KANZHONGGUO, INSTAGRAM/ ZETIANZZZ
Zhang Zetian and her husband, JD.com founder Richard Liu. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ZETIANZZZ
Zhang Zetian and her husband, JD.com founder Richard Liu, in Davos, on Jan 24, 2018. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ZETIANZZZ
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Ms Zhang Zetian or "Sister Milk Tea" is a one-of-a-kind tale of Chinese success.

One of the original wang hong or Internet celebrities, she shot to fame in 2009 when a photo of her in high school uniform, hair in a ponytail, surfaced online. The 16-year-old was holding a cup of milk tea. With her sweet looks, the student at Nanjing Foreign Language School in Jiangsu quickly gained Internet fame.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 09, 2018, with the headline JD.com founder's arrest on rape claims puts 'Sister Milk Tea' wife in the spotlight. Subscribe