Mitch McConnell sister in-law, passed away in a car accident

Angela Chao, the heralded executive, sister-in-law of Sen. Mitch McConnell is the youngest of six daughters, tragically passed away in a car accident, her mourning family announced.

Mitch McConnell sister in-law, who was 50 years old, served as the chief of New York-based dry bulk shipping giant Foremost Group. Details about the tragic Feb. 10 crash in Texas were not made available.

Mitch McConnell sister in-law, the CEO of Foremost Group, tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 50

“A void has been left in our hearts, and our entire family is devastated with grief over losing her at such a young age, something we never even imagined,” said Dr. James SC Chao, Chao’s father, in a statement published by Marine Link on Feb. 12.

Angela Chao, a visionary who graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Business School in three years, before joining the family business founded by her father, Foremost’s honorary chairman, in 1964, According to a statement by Foremost published in Hellenic Shipping News following Chao’s passing. Her case study titled “Ocean Carriers” was included in the mandatory curriculum for first-year business students at Harvard.

At various points in her career, she was appointed to the boards of MoMA, the Metropolitan Opera, and Harvard Business School.

“She was inspired by others to pursue their dreams as a trailblazer for women in the executive suite. Music was also a passion of hers; she tried the French horn as her instrument when young and insisted on carrying it herself to every lesson,” the family said in a statement.

James Chao, who used to take her to “Take Your Daughter to Work” days when she was a child, described her as having a strong thirst for knowledge that made people like her and allowed her to succeed in everything she pursued.

Chao’s sister, Elaine Chao, served as the Secretary of Labor in George W. Angela served in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. Later, she served as the Secretary of Transportation in the cabinet of President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2021.

She made history as the first Asian-American woman to hold a cabinet position in the United States government. Additionally, she is married to McConnell, who is the Senate Minority Leader.

A note issued by the US Coast Guard Academy praised Angela Chao as “a trailblazer in the maritime industry.”

She was an advocate for environmentally sustainable business practices and was credited by the company for its sustainable operations and eco-friendly vessels.

First and foremost, Angela thought that the most important thing for success is understanding that shipping isn’t just about money and assets, but about the people involved. 

She made sure to focus on taking care of our crews and everyone else involved, both on the ships and on land, who helped with our services.

James Chao emphasized that Angela’s absence creates a significant emptiness, not just within their hearts, but also within the Asian-American community as a whole.

Chao was a founding advisory council co-chair of The Asian American Foundation — which called her “a beloved businesswoman, philanthropist, and respected leader” in the wake of her sudden death.

In addition to her father and five sisters, Angela is survived by her husband, venture capitalist Jim Breyer. Jim Breyer is a part-owner of the Boston Celtics and is estimated to have a net worth of $2.9 billion. They have a 3-year-old son.

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