Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Jia Yueting was once one of the richest people in China. The architect of a sprawling collection of companies that streamed video and made smart TVs, cellphones and electric cars, he was sometimes called the Chinese Steve Jobs. But as the stock of his main Chinese company began to fall, his borrowing ballooned, and political intrigue enveloped him, Jia pivoted toward the United States. In 2014, he secretly started an American company, Faraday Future, that aimed to build the most Internet-connected electric vehicle on the planet. Six years later, Faraday has blown through billions, hasn’t sold a single car and has faced near-death moments. Jia, who has defied orders to return to China, filed for personal bankruptcy last year owing $3.7 billion to his creditors. See the timeline below for selected moments in his career. Credit: Faraday Future promotional materials April 2014Jia Yueting travels to the U.S. to found Faraday Future. Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.