Evergrande Chairman Sold a Family Home In Hollywood at a $5 Million Loss

By Shawn Jiang
Shawn Jiang
Shawn Jiang
and Kathleen Li
Kathleen Li
Kathleen Li
Kathleen Li has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2009 and focuses on China-related topics. She is an engineer, chartered in civil and structural engineering in Australia.
December 9, 2021 Updated: December 10, 2021

China Evergrande Group’s inability to pay off millions in debts has resulted in the introduction of a risk resolution working group with the Chinese regime’s intervention. Xu Jiayin, the founder and chairman, has been pushed to sell his family’s assets, including a mansion in the Hollywood Hills sold at a loss of $5 million.

A luxury home in Los Angeles owned by Xu’s son was recently sold for $12.5 million to a local couple, at $5 million lower than the asking price, excluding real estate agent fees, taxes, maintenance fees, and other closing costs said Dirt, a U.S.-based media outlet focus on high-end real estate on Nov. 29.

Located on three floors on Sierra Alta Way near the famous Sunset Strip, in Los Angeles, the luxury home has five bedrooms and ten bathrooms, as well as a theater, gym, sauna, bar, gallery, and underground parking with seven spaces.

The real estate media disclosed that the mansion was valued at $22.9 million when it was built in 2015 and was first sold to Xu Jiayin’s family for $17.5 million in 2018.

Xu, who urgently needed to sell his house for cash, quoted an initial listing price of $18.5 million, then reduced it to $17 million, but there were no takers.

On Nov. 17, Xu sold the house for $12.5 million, a loss of $5 million.

Sina, a Chinese portal site, reported the same day that Xu had sold 7 billion yuan (about $1.12 billion) of his family’s assets to “maintain the life” of Evergrande. The assets sold included three villas in Hong Kong and a private jet. The properties in two southern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou are being put up for sale.

Chinese authorities had urged Xu to pay Evergrande’s debts out of his own pocket, which exceeded $300 billion as of June 2021. Xu cannot plug the debt hole even if he empties his own assets Bloomberg said on Oct. 26.

The Hurun China Rich List showed on Oct. 27, Xu ranked as 70th with a net wealth of $11.3 billion, a swift drop from his standing of fifth in 2020 and shrinking of assets by $23.3 billion.

According to Sina, Evergrande issued an announcement on Dec. 3 about the risk of default, saying that it might be unable to fulfill the guaranteed obligation of $260 million debt. Later that day, the Guangdong provincial office said on its official site that it reached a consensus with Xu for establishing a working group to resolve the debts.

On Dec. 6, Evergrande declared a risk resolution committee, not subordinate to the Board, had been set up in the company to meet “operational and financial challenges.” According to the declaration, the committee’s chairman is Xu, its members comprise corporate executives or professionals from Guangdong Holdings, a state-owned company in Guangdong Province; Yuexiu Group, an enterprise controlled by the Guangzhou Municipal authority; China Cinda, the first financial asset management company approved by China’s State Council, and Guosen Securities, a state-owned financial company in Shenzhen; and Zhong Lun Law Firm, a Beijing based multinational law firm.

Shawn Jiang
Kathleen Li
Kathleen Li has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2009 and focuses on China-related topics. She is an engineer, chartered in civil and structural engineering in Australia.