Peter Humphrey Wiki, Age, Wife, Biography, Family & More

Peter Humphrey (born in 1951) is a British Former Journalist and Former Fraud Investigator from Surrey. In December 2019, he garnered huge media attention after a prisoner asked him for his help.

According to a source, a girl from Tooting in south London found a note inside a Christmas card. She was writing her sixth or eighth card when she discovered a message where the worker asked for help.

Peter Humphrey British Former Journalist and Former Fraud Investigators
Peter Humphrey on China State TV on August 27, 2013

The person even claimed that they were working for the Tesco against their will in Shanghai Qingpu jail. In addition, the young girl later became sad and shocked after reading the message.

The girl’s father “Ben Widdicombe” who is an English author initially thought it was some sort of joke. Humphrey used to run ChinaWhys and previously led China investigations for the accounting firm PwC and the US risk consultancy Kroll. He along with his wife remained certified fraud investigators.


Controversy – Shanghai Qingpu Prison

A girl named Florence Widdicombe who is 6-years-old found a note from a Christmas card which created a huge controversy. The incident took place in December 2019 when she was writing cards to her school friends when she discovered a card.

Later, Florence saw the note where it claimed that they were foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China. The note allegedly states that the workers of the factory forcefully work against their will.

Peter Humphrey received a message from foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China after a six-years-old girl named Florence Widdicombe found a note from Tesco's Christmas card
Florence Widdicombe with her father Ben Widdicombe

It was written by one of the prisoners from the Shanghai Qingpu prison. Furthermore, the message also asked for help and also told the person who found the note to notify the human rights organization.

In fact, the foreign prisoner also asked whoever got the note to contact Peter Humphrey. He himself detained there four years ago. As per the source, Tesco who is a company behind the card later suspended the production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China.

On the other hand, Tesco claimed that they would never allow jail labor in their supply chain. Moreover, the supermarket also de-list the supplier i.e. Zheijiang Yunguang Printing of the cards.


Real Full Birth NamePeter Humphrey.
Nick namePeter.
ProfessionFormer Journalist and Former Fraud Investigator.
In the news forafter receiving a message for help from foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China.
Age (How old, as of 2019)68 years.
Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday1951.
Birthplace/HometownEngland, United Kingdom.
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)Straight.
EthnicityWhite Caucasian Descent.
Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)not available.
House InSurrey, England, UK.
Social Media Account StatsInstagram: --
Twitter: --
Facebook: --
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall)Feet & Inches: 5' 8".
Centimeters: 173 cm.
Meters: 1.73 m.
WeightKilograms: 75 Kg.
Pounds: 165 lbs.
Biceps Size16.
Body Measurements (Chest-waist-hips)44-34-37.
Shoe Size (UK)9.
Tattoo details?NA.
Eye ColorBlue.
Hair ColorWhite.
ParentsFather: Name not available.
Personal Life Relationship
Marital StatusMarried.
Dating History?Not disclosed by him.
WifeYu Yingzeng.
ChildrenNot known.
Highest QualificationGraduate with a bachelor degree in journalism.
SchoolHigh School.
Alma Mater.College in England.
Hobbies & Favorite Things
Favorite CelebritiesActor: Hugh Laurie.
Actress: Emma Thompson.
Dream Holiday DestinationFlorida.
Favorite ColorDark Blue.
Love to doReading Newspaper and Listening to Music.
Favorite FoodFrench Cuisine.
Net worth (approx.)$1-2 million US dollars (As of 2019).


Some Lesser Known Facts about Peter Humphrey

Peter Humphrey with his wife Yu Yingzeng (Chinese-born American)
Humphrey with his wife Yu Yingzeng.
  • The journalist blessed his parents with his presence after Peter Humphrey took birth in 1951 in England, The United Kingdom. Hence, he ages 68 years old, as of 2019.
  • There is no information about his actual birthdate and zodiac sign are not available on the internet.
  • He received a bachelors’ degree in journalism from one of the colleges in England.
  • Furthermore, Peter received a controversial message Ben Widdicombe (author) that the foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China are working against their will.
  • Later, he contacted six ex-prisoners who confirmed the news that they worked against their wish.
  • Humphrey then wrote the story to the Sunday Times.
  • After hearing about the incident, he informed Tesco and they halted the production. They even launched an investigation against the Shanghai Qingpu prison.
  • According to a source, Tesco produces these for a charity purpose and money then used for the Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, and Diabetes UK.
  • Moreover, the sales of charity Christmas cards boost the income of £300,000 per year at the company’s supermarkets.
  • Humphrey remained in the same year and claimed that he got arrested on false charges.
  • He spent two years in Shanghai between 2013 and 2015 in detention.
  • The controversial message came from some of his cellmates who are still there serving sentences.

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  • Peter even knows the name of the prisoner after viewing the handwriting but he will never reveal the name.
  • The former journalist is a married man and tied the knot with his spouse “Yu Yingzeng” (Chinese-born American).
  • Back in August 2013, the couple arrested on the charges of illegally acquiring personal information of Chinese nationals.
  • In fact, Peter Humphrey and Yu then sentenced to 30 and 24 months in jail respectively in August 2014.



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