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Eileen Gu Father: Who Is He? His Name, White, Harvard

Eileen Gu, after her Gold medal win in Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022, attracted attention after deciding to compete for China in the Olympics. Her glorious win helped kept several records in China although she was born and raised in the United States. The general understanding behind her playing for China is that she was raised by her Chinese mother and grandmother.

At the same time, equal attention was paid to her American father. So, who is Eileen Gu’s father? What is his name? Where is he now? Here are a few things that we know about her father by far.

Who Is Eileen Gu Father?

Eileen Gu was born to her American father in San Francisco, United States on 3 September 2003. Chinese media often referred to her as the daughter of a Chinese mother and an American father. New York Times reported that her father who remains entirely anonymous had a curated persona on media.

But there is no public record of Gu’s father. She declined to comment when asked if she knew anything about him.

Then on 8 February 2022, a man named Ray Sidney was alleged to be her father. He had posted younger pictures of Eileen with him and the man apparently went viral on Chinese social media as claimed by one of Ray’s friends on Facebook. He had initially joked about Eileen being his daughter in comments.

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Eileen’s alleged father Ray Sidney (Pic: Ray’s FB).

But, Ray dated Eileen’s mom Yan for a few years. He apparently met Yan after Eileen was born which Ray had shared in the comment so he is definitely not the father of Elieen.

Not only people jumped to conclusion that Ray was Eileen’s father because of the post but also because of the fact that he had attended and graduated from Harvard University as rumored.

  • What Is Eileen Gu Father Name?

The name of Eileen Gu’s father remains unknown. During the interview with New York Times, she declined to make any comments when asked if she knew anything about her father.

  • Is Eileen Gu Father White?

Eileen Gu, who looks mixed, seems she had a White father. But, her father’s ethnicity is yet to be revealed. But, a few sources claimed that her father was Caucasian.

  • Is There An Eileen Gu Father Image?

Eileen Gu’s father is a mystery person to the media. So, no images that exist of her father appear in the public domain.

  • Did Eileen Gu Father Attend Harvard?

It has been widely reported that Chinese media shared that Eileen Gu’s father attended and graduated from Harvard University. But, the rumors don’t hold any supportive evidence at the time of this writing. Whereas, her mother attended Peking University in the 1980s where studied chemistry and biochemistry. After graduating, she came to the United States to earn a master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Auburn. She continued her education at New York’s Rockefeller University, then headed west to the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Furthermore, she spent years working as a venture capitalist with specific interests in China. Since 2013, her LinkedIn profile reads, she has owned her own company as a “private investor and expert in China investment.”

Related FAQs

  • Who Is Eileen Gu Mother?

Eileen Gus’s mother is Yan Gu. Yan emigrated from China about 30 years ago and raised Eileen as a single parent. Yan Gu was a former ski instructor at a resort near Lake Tahoe, the daughter of a government official (“the most decorated chief electrical engineer of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China,” his 2014 obituary read).

Yan’s mother Feng Guozhen often appears in Gu’s social media posts, even short documentaries aimed toward Chinese audiences. Because two Chinese women helped raise her in a household, Eileen became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has visited relatives and friends in Beijing most summers of her life.

At the time of this writing, her mother is 58 years old.

  • When Did Eileen Gu’s Parents Divorce? Were They Even Married?

There are no records of Eileen Gu’s parents ever getting married. For most of Eileen’s life, she didn’t have her father around in her life. And since she and her mother declined to make any comments publicly, it is unconfirmed if they even married at some point. But, even if they did, they might’ve separated/divorced when Eileen was a child.

  • Does Eileen Gu Have Siblings?

Based on social media posts of Eileen and her mother, no, Eileen Gu doesn’t have any siblings. She is the only daughter of her mother and her mother doesn’t seem to have married/remarried.

  • Did Eileen Gu Give Up Her US Citizenship?

Eileen Gu declined to comment when asked about her citizenship status.

China is known for disallowing dual citizenship, but there is no official record that she has given up her American citizenship. However, Gu hopes to maintain a neutral duality. “When I’m in the U.S., I’m American, but when I’m in China, I’m Chinese,” she has often said.

Nevertheless, Eileen was already deeply rooted in China. The skier and her mother spent parts of each summer in her mother’s hometown of Beijing.

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