LeEco co-founder and chief executive Jia Yueting, at a press event in San Francisco.

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Jia Yueting, the founding father of LeEco, stepped down as chief govt of the corporate earlier this 12 months however retained the place of chairman.

The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese language know-how large LeEco has had private belongings frozen by a Shanghai court docket, state media stories.

Property price a mixed 1.24bn yuan ($183m; £141m) belonging to Jia Yueting, his spouse, and three associates have reportedly been blocked.

The ruling follows LeEco’s failure to pay curiosity due on financial institution loans taken out to fund its smartphone enterprise.

Neither Mr Jia nor the corporate has commented on the stories.

‘Extreme’

LeEco was for some time referred to as the Netflix of China, an organization that streamed content material and ultimately began making its personal unique materials.

Nevertheless it then drew comparability with the likes of Apple and Tesla when it started branching out into , together with a sensible TV, telephones and electrical vehicles.

LeEco began promoting gadgets within the US on the tail finish of final 12 months, however is now dealing with a money crunch and has been compelled to slash prices, together with making job cuts.

Mr Jia, who resigned as chief govt in Might however retains his place as chairman, lately admitted to shareholders that its monetary issues had been “extra extreme than we anticipated”.

In April, a $2bn deal to purchase client electronics-maker Vizio was referred to as off due to “regulatory headwinds”.

Enterprise issues

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LeEco’s tv enterprise Letv launched within the US final 12 months

In the meantime LeEco’s smartphone unit, Coolpad, has additional delayed its 2016 monetary outcomes due to audit points. The corporate’s unaudited outcomes from Might counsel it misplaced $542m final 12 months.

Coolpad shares listed in Hong Kong have been suspended from commerce for 3 months.

The information of the court docket freeze on a few of LeEco’s belongings was welcomed by Philip G Chiu, CEO of US-based advertising and marketing agency Past Media International.

He took LeEco enterprise LeTV to court docket over money owed of $1m however claims that it nonetheless owes his agency round $100,000.

“LeTV has nonetheless not paid all their debt to our firm,” he instructed the BBC.