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Taiwan's presidential son-in-law

Ms Ma and Allen Tsai were classmates at Harvard. He was a model in New York. (PHOTO: YOUTUBE)

Publication Date : 13-03-2013


The mysterious guy who married Ma Ying-jeou's daughter reportedly modelled for international brands like Gap and Calvin Klein


Is she spoken for? Who is the groom and is he Taiwanese? Has he done his military service?

For days, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's office has been buffeted by demands that he reveal the identity of the man who has won the hand of his older daughter Wei-chung, described as a girl every Taiwanese male would want to marry.

On March 12, the mysterious new member of the presidential family came to life as Taiwan- born Allen Tsai Pei-jan, a 33-year-old with a face - and body - to die for.

The 1.89m Tsai worked as a model in the United States where his chiselled features and lithe body appeared in advertisements for Gap, CK Calvin Klein, Esprit and Levi's.

The couple married in the United States last year, the presidential office confirmed on Monday, ending days of speculation that Ma, also 33, had tied the knot, following what appeared to be a hush-hush wedding banquet at Taipei's posh Grand Hotel last Saturday.

The three-paragraph statement named Tsai and described him as an executive at a foreign bank in Hong Kong, and little else besides.

Taiwan media promptly dug up the modelling photos of the groom with headlines such as "Famous model likely to be husband of Ma Wei-chung".

This forced another confirmation from the President, whose initial reticence about his daughter's marriage drew criticism from the media and opposition legislators.

Last night, the presidential office quelled talk that Tsai had evaded military service, pointing out that he is an overseas Taiwanese. Overseas Taiwanese are conscripted only if they have lived in Taiwan for at least a year on their return. Apart from these nuggets of information, little else is known about the glamorous "First Son- in-law".

He and Ms Ma were classmates at Harvard, where she got a degree in life sciences, and they had a long courtship. The couple now live in Hong Kong.

According to Taiwanese media reports, Tsai worked for Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong for two years after graduating from Harvard in 2006 with a major in information science.

He became a model after returning to New York. Apart from print advertisements, he had also walked the runway in Milan for brands such as Alexander McQueen and Emporio Armani.

A Facebook account said to be Tsai's had disappeared by yesterday afternoon.


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