February 15, 2024

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Sister-in-Law Dies in Car Accident

Angela Chao, a prominent executive known for her leadership in the maritime industry and as the sister-in-law of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), tragically passed away in a car accident, as confirmed by her grieving family.

Chao, who served as the chief of Foremost Group, a New York-based dry bulk shipping company, was 50 years old at the time of her untimely death.

Specific details regarding the February 10th crash in Texas were not immediately available.

In a statement released on February 12th and published by Marine Link, Dr. James SC Chao, Angela's father, expressed profound sorrow over the unexpected loss, describing it as a devastating blow for the entire family.

Angela Chao, renowned for her visionary leadership, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Business School in just three years before joining the family business established by her father in 1964.

Her notable achievements included writing a case study titled "Ocean Carriers," which became a fundamental part of the curriculum for first-year business students at Harvard, as stated in Foremost's tribute published by Hellenic Shipping News.

Throughout her illustrious career, Angela Chao served on the boards of prestigious institutions such as MoMA, the Metropolitan Opera, and Harvard Business School, leaving an indelible mark as a trailblazer for women in the executive realm.

Her family fondly recalled her passion for music and her determination to master the French horn during her youth, reflecting her multifaceted interests and talents.

James Chao, reminiscing about bringing Angela to "Take Your Daughter to Work" days during her childhood, emphasized her insatiable intellectual curiosity, which propelled her to excel in every endeavor she pursued.

Angela Chao's sister, Elaine Chao, also held significant government positions, serving as the Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and later as the Secretary of Transportation in Donald Trump's administration.

Angela's contributions to the maritime industry were recognized by the US Coast Guard Academy and The Asian American Foundation, where she held influential roles, with her loss coming as a shock to the many who knew her.

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