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Demos Chiang rated most handsome man in Taiwan

DPA , TAIPEI

Two great-grandsons of former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) have won fame that is strictly non-political: being among the top 10 most handsome career men in the nation.

A survey released on Sunday by the popular 1111 online job bank showed that Demos Chiang (蔣友柏) was seen as the best-looking career man in Taiwan, while his younger brother Edward won fifth place.

Of the 1,360 respondents interviewed, 53.68 percent chose the 1.85m-tall Demos as the most handsome. 13.24 percent gave their vote to Edward.

Demos, 29, and Edward, 27, are from the fourth generation of the Chiang family. Chiang Kai-shek and his son, the late president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), ruled for more than four decades. But the once-powerful family is no longer involved in politics after three of Chiang Ching-kuo's sons died.

The fourth generation mostly grew up in the US or received a Western education abroad. Demos and Edward returned to Taiwan several years ago to set up a popular design studio in Taiwan.

Demos was rated as the most handsome career man because respondents find him not only good-looking, but also full of a unique charismatic style, the 1111 Job Bank survey found.

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), 55, won second place, with 38.38 percent of the respondents giving him their vote.

Typical gentleman Kenneth Yen (嚴凱泰), 50, head of the Yulong Motor group and a fan of Armani suits, won third place with 31.03 percent.

Fourth place went to lawyer Hsieh Cheng-wu for his eloquent and witty hosting of a popular television talk show.

Others included in the top 10 were internationally-acclaimed cellist Yo-yo Ma, Chinatrust Financial Holding President Jeffrey Koo (辜仲諒) and his younger brother Angelo Koo (辜仲瑩), CEO of China Development Financial Holding.

Star baseball player Wang Chien-min (王建民) and movie star-turned Taipei City Councillor Ou-Yang Lung (歐陽龍) rounded out the list.

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