This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925.
Mr. Fu Siao-en, a native of Chinghai, Ningpo, Chekiang Province, was born in 1870. He went to Shanghai when quite young: and after receiving his schooling there, he entered the commercial world. Beginning at the very bottom, he worked himself up, through the various fields of endeavor, until he become one of the leading commercial men of Shanghai.
Although he has been actively engaged in many commercial enterprises Mr. Fu has devoted the majority of his attention to banking and finance. He has declined several offers of political posts, even, at once time, refusing the post of Minister of Finance. He has declared that he has no intention of becoming a politician. He has, however, accepted the appointments, by the Chinese Government, to the following posts: Superintendent of the Shanghai branch of the Bank of China, the principal government banking institution of China, High Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, and Shanghai Commissioner for the Investigation of Wine and Tobacco Revenues.
Mr. Fu is at present Director and General Manager of the Commercial Bank of China, Ltd.; Director of the Arbitration Committee of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai; Director of the Ningpo Commercial Bank, Ltd.; Director of the Chung Hwa Commercial and Savings Bank, Ltd.; Managing Director and Manager of Properties of the China Merchants Steam Navigation Co, Ltd.; General Manager of the Inland Steam Launch Co.; Manager of the China Merchants Inland Engine Works; a Director in, and Chairman of, the Association of Shareholders of the Han Yeh Ping Iron and Coal Co. Ltd.; Director of the Shanghai Native Waterworks Co.; Director of the Lungchang Paper Mills; Director fo the Wah Shing Fire and Marine Insurance Co. Ltd.; Director of the Tai Lai Flour Mills; Director of the Credit Franco-Chinois; and Director of the Sino-French Navigation Co.
In addition to his many commercial interests, Mr. Fu finds time to take an active interest in public life. He is a generous donor to philanthropic enterprises, and is always among the first to respond to calls for support of the various movements intended to benefit the community. Among the many public bodies that Mr. Fu is prominently connected with, and which claim a good deal of his time, are the Chinese-Foreign Famine Relief Committee (of which he is Treasurer), and the Ningpo Association (of which he is Vice-Chairman).
Mr. Fu has been awarded, by the Chinese Government, the Second Class Chiaho, the Second Class Paokuang Chiao, the Second Class Tashou Paokuang Chiaho, and the Third Class Wenhu decorations. He has also been decorated by the King of Italy. He is without doubt one of the most prominent and highly respected members of the Chinese commercial community in Shanghai.
A.R. Burt, J.B. Powell and Carl Crow, editors, Biographies of Prominent Chinese (Shanghai: Biographical Publishing Company Inc., c.1925), 69.