Liu Jin


Liu Jin

Liu Jin (劉瑾), (?-1510), was a well-known Chinese eunuch during the Ming Dynasty. Liu was famous for being one of the most corrupt officials in Chinese history.

According to one report, shortly before Liu was executed, 12,057,800 tael (449,750 kg) of gold and 259,583,600 tael (9,682,470 kg) of silver was taken from his residence.

Liu was executed by death by a thousand cuts, he died after three days and being cut 3,357 times. According to stories, to celebrate his death, the onlookers in Beijing bought his flesh for one qian (smallest available currency) and ate the flesh while drinking wine.Fact|date=September 2007

In 2001, the Asian Wall Street Journal placed Liu in the list of 50 wealthiest persons in the past 1,000 years.

References

* [http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/1/8/22/c3662.htm Short Biography In Chinese]
* [http://interactive.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/mill-1-timeline.htm Asian Wall Street Journal article that briefly mentioned Liu Jin]


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