Man Ditches Billionaire Adoptive Parents To Go Back To Millionaire Birth Parents

Mei Zhiqiang has certainly had an interesting life. It has also been tragic in many ways. At only two years old, he was kidnapped outside his home in Yunnan province in China by traffickers and sold to a family in 1997. That family later decided he was “too thin and too small” and abandoned him. However, he was soon taken in by a billionaire family in Fujian.

His new family believed there was no point in sending him to college after he graduated high school. Instead, Mei Zhiqiang started working in the couple’s hospital. However, there was something in his gut telling him that something wasn’t right.

Mei, now 27, told Jiupai News that he suspected the billionaire couple wasn’t his biological parents. As it turns out, he was right. His real birth parents, Mei Xianhua and Pan Chang’e, have been desperately trying to find him for the past 25 years, the South China Morning Post reports.

Mei’s dad said he and Mei’s mom were like “two mad people” since he was abducted. They never celebrated Spring Festival, which is all about new life, and Mei’s siblings celebrated his birthday every single year. His mom even bought a house for Mei in case he returned one day.

In June 2022, the family’s reunion finally happened. A friend of Mei’s biological parents, Du Xiohua, helped them find Mei via DNA. Mei has since returned home to the family and is even working at their hotel supplies business.

Mei’s birth father hopes his son will one day take over the family business. However, whatever happens, he’s just glad to have his son back where he belongs. “No matter how rich they are, their love is different from ours – the love of birth parents,” he said.

Mei added: “I can see my parents’ love for me.”

While many questioned why Mei Zhiqiang would leave a billionaire family, money cannot buy happiness. As one person wrote on Twitter: “The adoptive family is billionaire, so what? He didn’t have a happy childhood. I’m glad to see him find happiness now.”

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill