Mitch McConnell’s sister in law killed in car accident – KRLD

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Angela Chao – a shipping executive and sister of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, former presidential cabinet member Elaine Chao – died this week in a Texas car crash.

According to ABC News, the 50-year-old died Sunday. It said that the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday confirmed that it was investigating an incident on private property that involved Chao.

In a statement from Angela’s family cited by People Magazine, her father called her “a brilliant woman, a charismatic and visionary leader and much-loved by all her sisters, our entire family and friends.”

Angela served as the chair and CEO of Foremost Group, a dry bulk shipping company founded by her father Dr. James S.C. Chao with her mother, the late Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, in 1964, per the company website. Before joining the company in 1996, she worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Smith Barney, now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and graduated from Harvard. Her father called Angela “academically gifted.”

“We were so proud that she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College in just three years,” he said. “While attending Harvard Business School, she used her enthusiasm and knowledge of shipping to write a ground-breaking case study on ‘Ocean Carriers’ that to this day is part of the required curriculum for first year HBS students.”

Her father also said Angela expressed interest in the shipping industry from a young age.

“I had always dreamt, even from when I was a little girl, that I would go into the family business and be a shipping entrepreneur,” she said in a video on her website where she recalled trying out other careers before joining the Foremost Group.

After news of her passing was reported, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy offered condolences.

“Our deepest condolences are with the family of Angela Chao,” it said in an X post. “Angela was a trailblazer in the maritime industry and a true friend of the Academy. Her grace, compassion and leadership will be remembered by all who knew her. Our hearts are with the Chaos during this time of sorrow.”

She was one of six sisters and is survived by her husband, her father and four sisters.

“Angela’s name in Chinese sounds like the characters for peace and prosperity. She certainly gave more than her share of both to this world,” the family statement said. “Her absence leaves a void not only in our hearts, but in the Asian-American community.”

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