Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao gives money away to street cleaners during an event organized by him, where people representing companies, which Chen claims pollute the environment, attend a parade to be publicly ”shamed”, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province February 21, 2013. Photo: Reuters Chen Guangbiao has never acquired a company. The 45-year-old recycling magnate has also never worked in the media industry or become proficient in English. But these facts have failed to puncture the preternatural bubble of confidence surrounding the controversial Chinese entrepreneur, who has his sights set on what he has deemed the world’s most influential news outlet: the New York Times Co. To be sure, it is unlikely that the Times, which is controlled by the venerable Ochs-Sulzberger clan, would sell to Chen, an oddball tycoon and philanthropist known more for his publicity stunts than his business acumen. Undaunted, Chen said in a phone interview on Friday that he had retained a financial services firm that, along with its in-house lawyers, would assist him in his bid to acquire the Times. “I’ve already spoken extensively with their lawyers the last time I visited the United States,” he said, adding that the U.S. firm did not want to be identified. He has said he will meet with a “leading shareholder” of the Times for dinner on Sunday evening to talk over his offer of $1 billion. The Times current market value is $2.4 billion. A spokeswoman for the Times said she “had no information about any such meeting”….