The claim was first made by PRC journalist Cao Guoxing (曹国星) who posted photos of Ma Kai’s wife and Ma Chi’s mother on his Weibo showing uncanny similarities in physical features between the two. His post was deleted five minutes later, but not after it was circulated elsewhere.
However, the rumor was dismissed by Ma’s family as mere ‘fabrications’ when contacted by the media. They insist that Ma was born to a ‘humble’ family in Luzhou, Sichuan province and became wealthy by investing his own money.
Ma Chi reportedly has a net-worth of a few million dollars. He owned a three-million dollars penthouse in East Coast and a S$1.4 million dollar limited edition Ferrari GTO599 before it crashed.
Despite the clarification, the rumors continue to spread like wildfire in China with many PRC netizens speculating that he had accumulated his wealth via ‘extraordinary’ means.
Meanwhile, the PRC censors have kicked in with Ma Chi’s Weibo and Sina accounts deleted mysteriously yesterday and no visible traces of his background could be found on the Chinese search engines like Baidu.com.