Li Lianjie – Famous Former U.S. Citizens – Born in Beijing, China (“Jet Li”)
The Chinese actor Li Lianjie, who is better known by his stage name Jet Li, was born in Beijing. He was born in 1963 and his father died when he was just 2 years old and he “. . . was from a very poor family and . . . didn’t have enough money for a good school, so sports-school was good . . . ”
He is a huge star in China and throughout Asia and became famous in Hollywood.
As a teenager he became a master at Wushu, the full-contact sport from Chinese martial arts. His martial arts fame led to acting, first in China and also in the United States. His film debut Shaolin Temple (1982), helped make him a star.
He apparently became a naturalized citizen of the United States while working in Hollywood.
He apparently has also become a naturalized citizen of Singapore.
He is often highlighted by government officials of China as a model citizen and success story.
By the year 2009 he renounced his U.S. citizenship as listed in the U.S. federal government’s “Quarterly Publications of Individuals, Who Have Chosen to Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G“
See here the list for the first quarter of 2009, where Li Lianjie is in the 2009 first quarter list of expatriates.
Presumably, Jet Li solicited timely and filed for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (“CLN”) timely so he was not subject to the rules of 7701(a)(50) that went into effect in 2008 – See, Why Section 7701(a)(50) is so important for those who “relinquished” citizenship years ago (without a CLN). . .
Finally, the certification requirement that is available to those individuals who are born with dual national citizenship to avoid “covered expatriate” status, was presumably not available for Li Lianjie, since he was not born a U.S. citizen. Presumably, he could not satisfy each of the requirements of IRC Section 877A(g)(1)(B).