Chinese novelist and journalist, he co-founded and edited Ming Pao, a Hong Kong daily newspaper. His popular novels include The Book and the Sword, The Deer and the Cauldron, and Laughing in the Wind.
He worked as a journalist for Ta Kung Pao, a Shanghai newspaper agency.
He was born Louis Cha Leung-yung; he adopted Jin Yong as his pen name.
He was married three times, and he had two sons and two daughters.
He and James Wong are both Chinese-born writers.