Once upon a time, Weihong “Whitney” Duan was the poster woman for the Chinese dream.
After growing up poor, she wheeled and dealed her way to a billion-dollar fortune, making her name as China’s most successful female entrepreneur.
Then, on Sept. 5, 2017, at age 50, she simply disappeared from the streets of Beijing.
As her ex-husband Desmond Shum recounts in his new book, “Red Roulette,” (Scribner), out now, “she was last seen the day before in her sprawling office at Genesis Beijing, a $2.5 billion development project that she and I had built. There, Whitney had masterminded real estate projects worth billions more. And now suddenly she was gone.”