Laoganma Chili Sauce Founder Awarded 8888 License Plate by Govt

Laoganma founder Tao Huabi, often regarded as the godmother of chili sauce in China, was able to build a business empire despite being illiterate and doing so without putting out significant advertising. Laoganma Chili Sauce have since became the mainstay in every Chinese kitchen and established itself as a global brand. For her contributions, the government recently awarded her with A8888 license plates for her Rolls-Royce and other luxury cars.

From NetEase:


“Laoganma” Awarded By the Nation With 4 Number Sequential License Plate

For many Chinese, laoganma is a legend, I think 80-90% of all readers have had Laoganma Chili Sauce once. Laoganma’s founder Tao Huabi was never educated, and does not even know how to write her name. But in 1989, she started with nothing and created a nationally recognized brand, paying 1.8 billion in taxes over 3 years and with total assets worth 6.8 billion, directly bringing wealth to 8 million farmers. Because of this, the government awarded Langanma with 4 number sequential license plates. At the same time, the growth of her business brought her brand new rides, Laoganma currently owns the top international luxury brand Rolls-Royce Ghost worth up to 5 million yuan.


Laoganma’s former luxury ride with AA6666 plate was awarded by the government, Laoganma Tao Huabi paid 1.8 billion in taxes and have a net worth of 6.8 billion, directly bringing wealth to 8 million farmers.


Laoganma’s ride a 2006 BMW 745li, such a niu AA8888 plate was also awarded by the government.


Laoganma’s ride a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Comments on NetEase:

幽默走天下 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

I support this! It is better than giving it to special privilege cars!

节操余额已不足 [网易重庆市网友]:

She’s the only person the whole country can call hot mom.

f6952aca155e5fded96ae93f [网易美国手机网友]:

Respect! But license plates are public resources, why can the government control the good numbers, and use it for certain purposes? What are they trying to encourage? What ills does this bring?

gycy3831146 [网易广东省网友]:

Laoganma’s contributions are undeniable, but government promoting superstition is illegal, the so-called 8888 numbers are all superstitious. What era do we live in?


Goddess among diaosi, legend among Chinese people.


An ordinary person who got rich through hard work, she should be respected and encouraged!

艾澤 [网易山东省青岛市手机网友]:

Laoganma never put out advertising, the taste is already in people’s hearts.

ai三民 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

They all say Chinese people are poor and hate the rich, but when they mention Ma Yun [richest man in China, founder of Alibaba] and Tao Bihua, how come no one resent their wealth? So the proposition that Chinese people hate the rich is false, Chinese people hate injustice, and unfairness. When you became rich out of your own ability, people will only respect you!


Laoganma earned her money with blood and sweat, no matter how much she flaunt her wealth we will not be jealous.

黄易资深临时工 [网易浙江省杭州市萧山区网友]:

Laoganma taste great, please not let it have anything to do with gutter oil.

网易天津市手机网友 :

This old grandma is a businesswoman with a conscience, didn’t go public to amass a fortune because she didn’t need money. Compared to her, those businessmen who go public when they have money are all frauds.


I heard Laoganma didn’t go public, so that their products are not expensive, to let people eat cheap Laoganma. A business with a conscience will never fall.

午夜快巴 [网易广东省珠海市手机网友]:

This boss is better than 100 real estate bosses!

9f3cf2b913907e35f42c6154 [网易湖南省益阳市手机网友]:

The government finally did something ostentatious that was not met with scolding.

179880113 [网易北京市手机网友]:

Well deserved, China’s international brand.


Government awards? Why does this feel like North Korea.

studyzy [网易美国手机网友]:

A must have in the kitchen.

1a3d0c6f153053d4b33d7afc [网易湖南省手机网友]:

Now this is a real Chinese auntie.


Studying abroad, Laoganma and bread was my emergency food during test week, Laoganma with ramen and eggs can sustain me for a whole week, support Laoganma! Truly to get rich first then make others rich! Benefiting the peasants!


Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai

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