The Foremost Foundation was established through the generosity of Foremost Group, founded by Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao and Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao. Dr. Chao remains as Chairman of Foremost Group to this day and his daughter, Angela Chao, serves as Deputy Chairman.
Born in Shanghai, Dr. James S.C. Chao is an industrialist who has dedicated his life to family, philanthropy, shipping, and financing. Mrs. Chao was born in Anhui province and had established several charitable foundations with her husband that help young people access higher education and greater opportunities. As a direct result of their own experiences, Dr. and Mrs. Chao have always strongly believed in supporting bright, outstanding young people in accessing higher education to fulfill their potential through activities such as cultural exchanges.
An immigrant to America in 1958, it took Dr. Chao three years before he was able to bring Mrs. Chao and their three young daughters to the United States. Reunited in America, Dr. and Mrs. Chao raised six daughters who all received undergraduate and graduate degrees from prestigious American universities.
Mrs. Chao returned to the Lord on August 2, 2007 after a courageous seven-year battle with lymphoma. Dr. and Mrs. Chao's lives spanned two worlds – East and West – and both played pivotal roles in building bridges of understanding between them. Each of their daughters proudly continues in this tradition today.