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 Former Macau triad boss Wan Kuok-koi, also known as “Broken Tooth,” photographed in Macau in the late 1990s.Credit: David Paul Morris At 7 a.m. on December 1, 2012, with a crush of media waiting nearby, the Coloane Prison in the Chinese territory of Macau released one of the region’s most notorious gangsters — Wan Kuok-Koi, better known by his street name: Broken Tooth. Dressed in a white, long sleeve shirt, the then 57-year-old Wan had served nearly 14 years in prison for a host of crimes, including loan sharking and illegal gambling. In the 1990s, when Macau was still administered by Portugal, Broken Tooth had been the ruthless and feared leader of 14K, a violent triad group. He was accused of attempting to kill the city’s police chief, and he controlled a major network of “junket operators,” middlemen who bring in high-stakes gamblers and collect their debts on behalf of casinos. Today, however, Wan has a new calling. Rather than leading an organized crime syndicate in Macau, which is now under Chinese rule, Broken Tooth has recast himself as an international businessman and Chinese patriotHe has a pSubscribe 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.