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Raymond Ch’ien Kuo-fung

Independent Non-Executive Chairman, Hang Seng Bank

Formerly an Executive Councillor for 20 years, Raymond Ch’ien may be best known as the long-time chair of the MTR Corporation (2003 to 2015). He has also distinguished himself by leading the Hang Seng Bank board since 2007. Ch’ien is much decorated: adding to his PhD in economics, he is a British CBE and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole of France, as well as a Gold Bauhinia Star awardee.

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Benjamin Cha

CEO, Grosvenor Asia Pacific

As the CEO of Grosvenor Asia Pacific, Benjamin leads and develops the Grosvenor business and capability in Asia. A property investor and developer all his life, he also takes the time to co-chair the Asia Art Archive and serves on the boards of the M+ Museum for Visual Culture as well as the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Married to Ann, he has two sons, Owen and Casper, and a daughter, Morgan.

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Victor Cha Mou-zing

Executive Chairman, HKR International

Following the passing of his elder brother Payson, Victor Cha stepped into his shoes as executive chairman of HKR International this November, with his sister, Madeline, concurrently taking over his old position. He was educated at Stanford University and sits on the boards of SOHO China, New World Development and Mingly Corporation. A stalwart of the cultural scene, Cha has been Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival since 2016.

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Laura Cha Shih May-lung

Independent Non-Executive Director, HSBC

A long-time force in finance and securities, Laura Cha is a non-official member of the Hong Kong Executive Council. She gave up her American citizenship to become the first non-mainland vice-minister appointee to the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China. Cha’s philanthropy has brought her recognition in Hong Kong and the US.

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Madeline Cha-Wong

Non-executive Deputy Chairman, HKR International

The sister of Victor, Johnson and the late Payson, Madeline was appointed the Non-executive Deputy Chairman of HKR International last month. She also serves as the deputy chairmn of Mingly Corporation and holdes directorship roles in a number of private companies. Chairwomanship of the Sang Ma Trust Fund – for which she is a trustee – also falls under her purview.

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Ronald Chak Hai-tung

CEO, Chak’s Investment Ltd

With antique and art dealer parents, William Chak and Priscilla Lau, it was a given that Ronald Chak would inherit a passion for antiquities. He oversees the organisation of the International Antiques Fair, founded by his father in 2008, which attracts more than 70 dealers of Oriental and Western antiques to Hong Kong every year. In 2019, IAF donated HK$500,000 to the St John Ambulance Association.

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Bernard Charnwut Chan

President, Asia Financial Holdings

Dedicated to public service in Hong Kong, Chan is also a deputy to the National People’s Congress of China and from 2017 the Convenor of the Non-Official Members of Hong Kong’s Executive Council. A graduate of Pomona College in California, he is the president of Asia Financial Holdings and Chairman of Asia Insurance. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong–Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co. Ltd.  He sits on the boards of several local and overseas companies in financial services and is a director of Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company in Thailand.

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Dennis Chan

Founder and Creative Director, Qeelin Jewellery

Dennis Chan is a Hong Kong-born jewellery guru, who founded the much-loved fine jewellery brand, Qeelin, and gifted the art world with his HaHaPanda sculptures, which were exhibited at Landmark Hong Kong last year. In his youth, he studied at the Industrial Design programme at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. All his designs are influenced by his Chinese heritage.

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Joanne Chan

Founder and Managing Director, Per Artem Lumen Limited

The granddaughter of Ma Kam-ming and former chair of the family-owned Tai Sang Bank, Joanne Chan studied art history and fine arts and runs a boutique cultural practice, Per Artem Lumen. A supporter of the arts and youth causes, Chan serves on the boards of Hong Kong Dance Company and other cultural organisations. She has also recently a children’s book titled Happy Gabby.

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Ronnie Chan Chi-chung

Chairman, Hang Lung Group

Property developer Ronnie Chan mixes his vision for business with a passion for public service and philanthropy. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society Hong Kong and has supported students at Harvard University and in China through generous donations. Hang Lung’s portfolio spans residential, commercial and retail complexes in Hong Kong and shopping malls in China.

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Daniel Chan Ching-yan

Founder, Paragon International

Investing in luxury brand watches is a major business for Daniel Chan. He is the pioneer who brought Cartier to China. Since founding Paragon International in 1992, the retailer’s portfolio of luxury time pieces has expanded to span a host of prestigious names, including Santoni and Ideal drinks. Daniel is Vice Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, a well-established charity for underprivileged children.

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Kimbee Chan Hoi-wan

Executive Director, Chinese Estates Holdings Limited

Former entertainment reporter Kimbee Chan’s relationship with tycoon Joseph Lau made her headline news. After working for Chinese Estates Holdings from 2002 to 2005, she now holds Lau’s controlling stake in the property and financial investment conglomerate, where her two sisters also serve as Executive Directors. The couple, who have three children, married in 2016.

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Charles Chan Kwok-keung

Former Chairman, Television Broadcasts Limited

In pole position at TVB since 2015 until January this year, Charles Chan also chairs his flagship finance and property investment company, ITC Corporation, that has diverse interests in Hong Kong, the US, Canada and Germany. The civil engineering graduate and honorary doctor of law made his reputation by brokering deals, including the purchase of Shaw Brothers’ stake in the Hong Kong broadcaster by a group of investors in 2011, which led to his place on the board.

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Charles Chan Man-wai

President and CEO, Park Lane Hotels International

Founded by Charles Chan’s late father, C.F. Chan, in 1974, the Park Lane Hong Kong operates today as a Pullman hotel. Besides this flagship, Chan oversees other hotel and property investments under Victoria Park Hotels Ltd, while his elder brother, Lawrence, runs the family’s Seal of Love Charitable Foundation. In 2017, the brothers donated HK$80 million to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to foster hospitality and tourism education.

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Anson Chan Yiu-cheung

Chairman and CEO, Bonds Group of Companies

Following in the footsteps of his late parents, education philanthropists Dr Chan Shu-kui and Anita Chan, Anson Chan manages three schools as well as steering Bonds Group of Companies, the property and investment concern they founded, into the modern age. His pedigree includes accountancy qualifications and a wealth of asset management experience.

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Michael Chan Yue-kwong

Honorary Chairman, Legacy Academy

Following 30 years of senior management at Café de Coral, the fast food company started by his father-in-law and chaired by his brother-in-law, Michael Chan is well equipped to aid Chinese family-run businesses through Legacy Academy. As well as this consultancy, that he founded in 2012, he sits on the board of six other public companies and advises two Hong Kong universities.

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Candice Chan-Chao

Founder, J. Candice Interior Architects

Daughter of scion Michael Chan of Café de Coral fame, Candice is an interior designer by profession. She heads J Candice Interior Architects, that specialises in designing commercial interiors for brands like Prive Group, Fook Ming Tong and the HK Jockey Club. She was also awarded with the 40 under 40 Awards by Perspective Magazine and the Asia- Pacific Interior Design Award by Hong Kong Interior Design Association. Candice is married to Leonard Chao, grandson of late Zhao Anzhong.

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Bonnie Chan-Woo

Chairperson and CEO, Icicle Group

officer of Icicle Group, a cross-media marketing and creative production company. Apart from work, Bonnie is actively involved in education and creative industries through her philanthropy work and her advisory roles in various Hong Kong government departments and NGOs. She is also co-founder of Womanboss, a vice chair of Hong Kong Design Centre and a co-founder of Studio SV alongside US musician Lupe Fiasco.

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Gigi Chao

Executive Vice- Chairman, Cheuk Nang Holdings

Cecil Chao’s right hand at property developer Cheuk Nang since 2011, Gigi Chao inherited her father’s passion for flying – she is a Hong Kong Air Cadets Corp lieutenant and past President of the Hong Kong Aviation Club. The Manchester University architecture graduate has her own interests too, running a PR and model agency for many years. She is on the board of LGBT champion Big Love Alliance and founded the charities Faith in Love Foundation in 2008 and Hong Kong Marriage Equality in 2019.

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Hing Chao

Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Holdings

Hing Chao, son of the late George Chao, has succeeded his sister Sabrina to the chairmanship of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings. He is also an Executive Committee member of Hong Kong Shipowners Association. After graduating from Durham University, Chao was placed in a number of shipping companies to gain experience and develop a broad understanding of the industry. Since 2000, he has pursued a cross-sector career in business, culture and heritage, philanthropy and education. Chao is also the founder of Hong Kong Cultural Festival, the chairman of the Cultural Heritage Earthpulse Society and the author of multiple books. He is a leading advocate of Chinese martial arts as well.

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Howard Chao

Managing Director, Maximus Holdings

After studying real estate and business management, the middle of tycoon Cecil Chao’s three children, Howard Chao, took a leaf from his enterprising father’s book, launching his own property firm at age 24. A decade later, Maximus Holdings boasts engineering and interior design arms, and its Regent’s Park development in Yuen Long was well received when it was launched last year. Chao is Non-Executive Director of his father’s company, Cheuk Nang Holdings.

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Sabrina Chao

Former Chairman, Wah Kwong Holdings

A mathematics star pupil who began her career in finance, Sabrina Chao resisted the lure of the family shipping business until 2002. In 2013, she was named Chairman of the company founded by her grandfather, T.Y. Chao, before stepping down in 2019. Last year, she was nominated to be the President Designate of Baltic and International Maritime Council.

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Brandon Chau

Founder and Chairman, Noblesse Lifestyle Group

Though a trained barrister by profession, Brandon juggles many roles. He is the founder of Noblesse Lifestyle Group, the co-founder of Attire House and the founder of charity A-Life Academy. The late Kai-bong’s son, Brandon is known for his impeccable sense of style and his passion for martial arts. He and his wife Jenny have three sons.

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Alvin Chau Cheok-wa

Chairman, Suncity Group Holdings

Founder of junket operator Suncity Group, Alvin Chau is reputed to control 40% of Macau’s VIP gambling market. Through Hong Kong-listed Suncity Group Holdings, he manages a casinos in Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and other countries. To help young people in Macau, Chau founded the Inspirational Youth Association.

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Solina Chau Hoi-shuen

Director, Li Ka Shing Foundation

As director of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Solina Chau has shared the property billionaire’s money with hospitals, schools and universities all over the world. A longtime partner of the Cheung Kong Group, she founded in 1997 during the Internet boom, and two years later, hi-tech venture capital firm Horizon Ventures to support promising start-ups.

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Chelsea Chau-Kuok

Founder, SW1 Projects

Daughter of Kevin Chau (owner and principal of investment company KRC Projects) and Reina Chau, Chelsea is a graduate of Stanford University as well as the Gemmological Institute of America. Having apparently inherited her entrepreneurial streak from her parents, she has founded her own jewellery company, SW1 Projects. Chelsea and her husband, Justin Kuok – a scion of the Shangri-La Group Kuoks – share two sons.

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Louisa Cheang Wai-wan

Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive, Hang Seng Bank

Seasoned banker Louisa Cheang rose through the ranks at HSBC after joining as Senior Manager of credit card product development in 1999. She was Group General Manager and Group Head of Retail Banking based in London before moving to head Hang Seng Bank. Cheang sits on the Board of Trustees at Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation, which honours Chinese scientists.

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Sham Chellaram

Chairman, KC Maritime

Joining the family business upon his graduation from McGill University, Sham Chellaram has served the company founded by his father, Kishinchand Chellaram, in London, Lagos and, since 1984, at its Hong Kong headquarters. He also chairs KC Group’s real estate arm, Mordril Properties, and sits on the board of the Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation.

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James Chen

Chairman, Wahum Group Holdings

Upon assuming the reins at manufacturer Wahum Group Holdings, third-generation scion James Chen initiated Legacy Advisors to invest the family wealth and Chen Yet-Sun Family Foundation to spread it to those in need. His philanthropic ventures include Vision for a Nation in Rwanda, and eye disease combatant Clearly. He and wife Su founded Bring Me a Book Hong Kong in 2006 to promote family literacy in the city.

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Tiffany Chen

Vice Chairman, China Star Entertainment Limited

The Taiwanese wife of film mogul Charles Heung is one of the most powerful people in Hong Kong entertainment. With Wyn’s Entertainment, and since 1992 China Star Entertainment, she has produced scores of popular movies. Chen also oversaw the development of the Lan Kwai Fong hotel in Macau (sold for HK$2.38 billion in 2017), and the Jet Li One Foundation, formed after the two show-business families survived the 2004 tsunami in the Maldives.

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Vivien Chen Wai-wai

Honorary Chairman, Nan Fung Group

The younger daughter of late property tycoon Chen Din-hwa, Vivien Chen assumed control of Nan Fung Group in 2009, but following a family dispute took a step back in 2016. She remains involved in a non-executive role in an investment portfolio spanning construction, finance, hotels and shipping. Her youngest daughter, Vanessa Cheung, is now the group’s Managing Director.

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Dorothy Cheng

CEO, Chocolate Asset Management

Dorothy is the CEO of Chocolate Asset Management and also sits on the boards of International Care Ministries and the Crossroads Foundation. She was previously a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a portfolio manager at JPMorgan. A University of Toronto graduate, she is married to Jonathan Cheng with whom she has three children.

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Adrian Cheng Chi-kong

Founder, K11 and K11 Art Foundation

Arts entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector Adrian Cheng’s empire has expanded from the first K11 art mall in Hong Kong to several projects across China that combine fashion retail and art. His latest venture is the K11 Musea mall at Victoria Dockside, a contemporary cultural retail destination. The Harvard graduate is also Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager of family property conglomerate New World Development.

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Sonia Cheng Chi-man

CEO, Rosewood Hotel Group

Daughter of Henry and sister of Adrian, Sonia Cheng oversees New World Development’s three-pronged hotel group business. Most notably the former investment banker has revitalised the Rosewood brand since its purchase in 2011, opening new properties in London, Beijing and, most recently, in Hong Kong and Yangon. The group announced plans to open more hotels across the world, including in Amsterdam and Shanghai.

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Brian Cheng Chi-ming

Executive Director, NWS Holdings Ltd

Son of Henry Cheng Kar-shun, Brian is an executive director NWS Holdings Ltd and a member of the executive committee and the sustainability committee of the company. He is also the chairman and non-executive director of Integrated Waste Solutions Group Holdings Ltd and a non-executive director of Haitong International Securities Group Ltd, Wai Kee Holdings and Leyou Technologies Holdings.

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Ricky Cheng Chung-hing

Chairman and Executive Director, China South City Holdings

China South City Holdings co-founder Ricky Cheng has overseen manufacturing, wholesale, e-commerce, logistics and exhibition services for more than three decades, expanding north from Shenzhen to other key Chinese cities including Xian and Harbin. He received the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Award in 1997 and is Honorary President of the Hong Kong Gemstone Manufacturers’ Association.

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Henry Cheng Kar-shun

Chairman and Executive Director, New World Development

The eldest child of late billionaire Cheng Yu-tung’s four offspring, Henry Cheng leads the family’s many property enterprises at New World Development and manages several of their subsidiaries. The Grand Bauhinia prize winner also became the biggest single Chinese investor in the UK with private company Knight Dragon, which redeveloped London’s Greenwich Peninsula.

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Christopher Cheng Wai-chee

Chairman, Wing Tai Properties

Honoured by the UK (OBE) and Hong Kong (Gold Bauhinia Star), Christopher Cheng is a pillar of the property industry and the community. Christopher is an independent non-executive director of NWS Holdings Ltd, and HSBC. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, a doctorate in social sciences honoris causa from HKU and a doctorate in Business Administration honoris causa from PolyU.

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Edgar Cheng Wai-kin

Chairman, World-Wide Investment

Multi-talented multi-tasker Edgar Cheng chairs financial firm World- Wide Investment and is a former head of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Government Central Policy Unit. He studied to be a doctor in the US, and before returning to Hong Kong in 1987, taught medicine at Cornell and worked as a cancer research specialist.

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Edward Cheng Wai-sun

Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, Wing Tai Properties

Edward, brother of Christopher Cheng, is also the Chairman of Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited, the group’s hospitality arm. He is currently a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission and a member of the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisors on Innovation and Strategic Development. He was qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales as well as in Hong Kong. He is also an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited.

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Patricia Cheong

Founder and Managing Director, MM Marketing Communications Consulting Ltd

Patricia Cheong has surpassed her first notice as Miss Macau with a series of entrepreneurial ventures. Since 1994, she has organised sports and cultural events and advised casino groups through her MM Marketing consultancy, and launched VIP lifestyle platform Luxe in 2012. Cheong also founded the Macao International Culture and Sports Association and has business ties with Hainan, Malta and Seychelles.

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Flora Cheong-Leen

Actress, Ballerina, Fashion Designer

As a ballerina, actress, choreographer, TV director and fashion designer, Flora Cheong-Leen has been a trendsetter all her life. Graduating from the Royal Ballet in Hong Kong, she found her true calling as a dancer very early in life, but she is equally passionate about her fashion designing career. She is also actively involved with over 50 charitable organisations all over the world through her Tian Art Charitable Foundation.

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Andrew Cheung

Incumbent Chief Justice, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeals

Hong Kong-born Justice Andrew Cheung read law at the University of Hong Kong and then at Stanford University before being called to the bar in 1985. Following appoints to the Supreme Court of Singapore and various roles throughout Hong Kong’s legal circuit, Cheung will be replacing Geoffrey Ma as the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal on 11 January 2021. He is married with three children.

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Chung-kiu Cheung

Chairman, CC Land

Born and raised in Chongqing, and gaining Hong Kong residency in 1980, Cheung Chung-kiu became one of the youngest chairmen of a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at just 29. He later switched from trading to property development with CC Land, gaining notoriety with high-profile acquisitions of Ho Tung Gardens and London’s Leadenhall Building. He is also the chairman and managing director of YT Realty Group.

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Jonathan Cheung

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Buzz Agency

A nightlife fixture as a partner, with Jaime Ho Ku, at PR and marketing firm Buzz, Jonathan ‘JC’ Cheung also has a passion for the arts; he is an Asian patron of London institutions Tate and the Serpentine Galleries. He studied design and management at Parsons School for Design and real estate at The Bartlett of University College London, the latter qualification kicking in when assisting his father, Cheung Hon-kit, Chairman of ITC Properties Group.

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Vanessa Cheung

Group Managing Director, Nan Fung Group

Biologist and landscape architect Vanessa Cheung is putting her many talents to good use in the community. Aside from managing the conglomerate founded by her grandfather, Chen Din-hwa, in 1954, she launched health initiative The Keep Moving Project, and The Mills design hub, regenerating the Tsuen Wan factory area where her family once manufactured cotton. Cheung, a fitness fanatic, also co-owns Crossfit Asphodel gym and co-founded Quo drinks company with her sister.

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Edwin Cheung Hon-kit

Chairman, ITC Properties Group Ltd

Cheung Hon-kit’s 40-odd-year career with real-estate developers has culminated in the ITC Properties chairmanship, where his interests include residences in Hong Kong and Guiyang, hotels in Beijing and Vancouver, and a golf resort in Sanya. The University of London arts graduate also counts strategic planning and corporate finance among his business strengths. Cheung is also Director of Future Bright Holdings, a food and catering company.

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Aaron Chiu

Executive Director, Henyep Capital Markets

The eldest of Alice and Louis Chiu’s three children, Aaron Chiu chose to pursue the law, though he continues the family legacy – since 2012 he has been a Director of UK-incorporated Henyep Capital Markets, presenting a fresh, modern face to investments. Dating back to 1977, Henyep Group is one of Hong Kong’s enduring financial institutions. Chiu is the father of five boys.

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David Chiu

Chairman and CEO, Far East Consortium

Son of the late Deacon Chiu of Far East Bank and ATV fame, David Chiu assumed the chair of Far East Consortium in 2011 after years of endeavour building up the family interests - Asian property and hotels (Dorsett) and gaming in Australia and Europe. Chiu, who studied at Sophia University in Japan, is a leading developer in Malaysia in his own right; he founded Malaysia Land Properties Sdn and holds the honorary titles of Dato and Tan Sri.

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Josephine Chiu

Vice President of Procurement, Dorsett Hospitality

The youngest daughter of property magnate David Chiu and his wife Nancy, Josephine Chiu has joined sister Winnie at Dorsett Hospitality, an arm of her father’s multinational conglomerate, Far East Consortium International. She complete stints at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank before joining the family business in 2009, and as Vice President of Procurement, the King’s College alum now oversees countless hotels across the world.

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Louis Chiu Sheen-charm

Chairman, Henyep Group

With his wife, Alice, Louis Chiu heads Henyep Group, which began in 1977 as a gold dealer; he is the founder of the Hong Kong Gold and Silver Exchange. Today the Chius’ financial conglomerate includes Henyep Capital Markets and has a strong presence in the Middle East as well as China. Education and community service are also strong motivators for the Group.

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Alice Chiu Tsang Hok-wan

Director, Henyep Group

Philanthropist Alice Chiu has tirelessly raised funds for the disadvantaged. She founded Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation in 1994 under the wing of the family company, Henyep Development Holdings, tackling the likes of eye disease and facial deformities in China and boosting early education. She is the founder of three preschools, and serves as supervisor of the most recent, Hong Kong Nobel Preschool.

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Winnie Chiu Wing-kwan

President and Executive Director, Dorsett Hospitality International

Educated in London, Winnie Chiu worked in banking before joining her property developer father, David Chiu, at Far East Consortium International. She heads Dorsett Hospitality, which in just over 10 years has opened some 30 hotels in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia (where her father also builds condominiums) and the UK. Chiu supports local culture by sitting on numerous arts committees.

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Crystal Choi

Vice Chairman

The daughter of toy tycoon Francis Choi, Crystal Choi is currently the Vice Chairman of Early Light International, which through one of its subsidiaries owns the largest toy manufacturer in the world. A graduate of Boston College, she also holds a Master’s in Corporate Finance. A firm advocate of giving back, Choi has been involved with many charitable organisations such as Yan Oi Tong and the United We Stand Foundation. She currently serves as a director to the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

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Francis Choi Chee-ming

Founder and Chairman, Early Light International

From his early days as a toy salesman to owner of the world’s largest toy-making enterprise, Francis Choi had the drive to succeed. His company, Early Light, founded in 1972, has diversified from child’s play: just last year, he bought out Sydney’s Northpoint Tower for HK$1.6 billion. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of Regal Hotels International.

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Karson Choi Ka-tsan

Founder and Chairman, Unique Timepieces Group

Heir apparent to the Early Light International empire, Karson Choi joined his father, Francis, after graduating from the University of Southern California. Having cut his teeth with toy-making and real estate, he was entrusted with the family’s watch-retailing arm, Halewinner. Choi successfully rebranded the company as Unique Timepieces in 2017, showcasing 30-plus brands at boutiques in Hong Kong and Macau.

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Diana Chou

Founder and Chairwoman, Dragon General Aviation Group

One of the few women in private jets business in Asia, Shanghai born Diana Chou has sold almost 100 planes and 70 helicopters since switching from the beauty industry in 1998. Her three aviation companies, including bespoke charter flight concern L’Voyage, are now under the Dragon General Aviation Group banner; her father, Chao Kuang-piu, founded Dragonair in Hong Kong.

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Silas Chou

President and CEO, Novel Enterprises

Brother of Diana, textiles tycoon Silas Chou has long helmed a global fashion supply chain, making clothes in China, Vietnam and South Asia for an array of brands. Past ownership of names such as Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger put him firmly on the fashion map. He has, since then, sold his shares and assists daughters Veronica and Vivian in their fashion investment acquisitions.

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Veronica Chou

Founder, Everybody & Everyone

After a whirlwind spell in designer brand management and licensing, Veronica Chou has sold her interest in Iconix China, a joint venture formed with USbased Iconix Brand Group and her father’s Novel Enterprises, to concentrate on motherhood. Textile magnate Silas Chou’s stylish eldest daughter hasn’t deserted fashion entirely, of course – she has a stake in Karl Lagerfeld, among others, and has launched eco-friendly clothing and accessories brand, Everybody & Everyone.

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Vivian Chou

Founder and Owner, Bright Fame Fashion

Silas Chou’s younger daughter made headlines in 2015 when her fashion investment company acquired New York-based label Thakoon. As Executive Chairman of the brand, Vivian Chou implemented a “see now, buy now” fashion retail model – though this was halted in 2017 amid restructuring. Like her sister Veronica four years before, the Wharton School graduate announced her arrival in high society at the 2011 Bal de Debutante in Paris.

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May Chow

Chef-Owner, Little Bao and Happy Paradise

Receiving the coveted title of ‘Asia’s Best Female Chef’ at just 30 years old, the Canadian-born restaurateur and self-taught chef first rose to fame with her Little Bao restaurant. The Boston University graduate has since opened several more eateries in Hong Kong and Bangkok, including a new Chinese eatery, Happy Paradise. A keen campaigner for LGBT rights, Chow also uses her fame to afford opportunities to female chefs in professional kitchens.

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Thierry Chow

Feng Shui Master

The daughter of renowned Hong Kong feng shui master Chow Hon Ming, Thierry Chow holds a Bachelor’s in applied illustration. Following her return to the city in 2010, she apprenticed with her father before starting her own company, Go Lucky by Thierry Chow, in 2019. Hoping to make the ancient art of feng shui accessible to a whole new generation, the stylish ‘feng shui designer’ incorporates elements of art and fashion into her feng shui practice.

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Yolanda Choy

Co-founder, EcoDrive

This San Francisco native has a proven entrepreneurial streak, with stakes in multiple businesses including Central Weddings, a luxury wedding boutique, and the Private Wine Company. The Purdue University graduate is also co-founder of EcoDrive, an environmental organisation dedicated to combating the burgeoning rise of single-use plastics in Hong Kong. Married to Hamilton Tang and a mother of two, Choy is an avid outdoor sports fan.

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Ken Chu

Chairman and CEO, Mission Hills Group

Joining his late father, David Chu, in the family business in 1995, Ken Chu has guided its expansion from one mega golf course complex in Shenzhen-Dongguan - the largest golf club in the world - to a second in Hainan, while introducing of other sporting facilities, hotels, wellness facilities, theme parks, entertainment and retail complexes as well as international schools. Chu also finds time to honour a host of public service commitments in China, including serving as a National Committee Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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Mang-yee Chu

Former Chairman, Hopson Development

Former Chinese government official Chu Mang-yee founded Hopson Development in Guangzhou in 1992, guiding it into one of the largest private real estate firms in China before retiring earlier this year. Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, it expanded into property in northern China as well as tourism and hotel development. Chu’s daughter, Man-yee, has inherited his business savvy, sitting on the company's board.

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Tenniel Chu

Vice-Chairman, Mission Hills Group

Tenniel is a Standing Committee Member of the Haikou CPPCC and the All-China Youth Federation. Serving also as Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, Tenniel has been at the forefront of sports and youth development. He helped establish the Tenniel Chu Chair in Sports Management programme at the University of Toronto courtesy of a record donation in 2018. Taking Mission Hills beyond golf, Tenniel spearheaded groundbreaking ventures with FC Barcelona, NBA, PGA of America and Top Rank Boxing.

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Kingston Chu Chun-ho

Executive Director, Kingston Financial Group Ltd

Kingston Chu is making a name for himself in his parents’ business kingdom. He has steered Sincere Watch (H.K.) Limited since 2012, is Chairman and Executive Director of property management services firm Synergis Holdings Ltd, as well as Executive Director of Kingston Financial Group. He also plays a prominent role in youth leadership and community organisations in Greater China.

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Loletta Chu Lo


Better known now for her prowess behind the camera rather than in front of it, Loletta Chu has used her celebrity status for good. In 2010, her photographs raised millions for the Seeing is Believing global fund-raising campaign sponsored by Standard Chartered Private Bank. Chu, Miss Hong Kong 1977, is Honorary Life President of the charitable Wai Yin Association of ex-beauty queens. Mother of Kenneth, Eric and Jeremy Fok, she married again in 2008, uniting with property mogul Vincent Lo.

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Samuel Chu Wai-tak

Co-Founder and CIO, Phoenix Property Investors

Since 2002, globe-trotting banker and real-estate investor Samuel Chu has rapidly built the firm he cofounded, Phoenix Property Investors, into a regional force, opening offices in Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney. The innovative private equity investment group’s award-winning buildings, including Tower 535 in Causeway Bay and The Morgan in Mid-Levels, are attractive prospects for stakeholders.

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Pollyanna Chu Yuet-wah

CEO, Kingston Financial Group

After studying in San Francisco, Pollyanna Chu and her husband, Nicholas, invested in the Bay Area real estate market. She co-founded Kingston Financial Group (“KFG”), named after their son, which has become a prominent financial services powerhouse today. KFG is also in the hospitality business which owns two hotels in Macau. Her entrepreneurial spirit remained unstoppable: she bought seven floors of a skyscraper in Central, The Center, in early 2018.

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Nicholas Chu Yuk-yui

Chairman and Executive Director, Kingston Financial Group

An accounting and MBA graduate of Louisiana State University, Nicholas Chu has accrued almost four decades of experience in commercial property and three decades in financial services. He founded Kingston Financial Group in the early 1990s with his wife, Pollyanna, and heads the enterprise of financial business in securities, futures and corporate finance and the ownership and operation of two hotels in Macau.

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Michelle Chua

Chairman, Marvella Group

A scion of a prominent jewellery family, Michelle Chua holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics and a Master’s in Architecture Management and Design. A certified public accountant in the UK, Chua oversaw real estate and financial investments in China for the family business before starting her own jewellery business, Marvella Group, in 2013. A keen proponent of giving back, she was the founding chairman of the Tong Sam Charity Association and remains dedicated to improving school conditions in rural areas.

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Geoffrey Chuang

Executive Director, Chuang’s Consortium

Brother of Alan, Candy and Edwin, Geoffrey Chuang also joined the family firm, Chuang’s Consortium in 2018, where he currently serves as an executive director. Prior to that, the NYU graduate was Deputy Managing Director of printing business Midas International Holdings Ltd. A keen patron of the arts, he is also a member of the Asian Council of the Serpentine Galleries.

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Shuk-kwan Chuang

Head of Communicable Diseases Branch, HK Department of Health

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan has become the face of the city’s fight against the deadly Covid-19 virus. As head of the Communicable Diseases  Branch of the Hong Kong Department of Health, she has spearheaded the city’s successful response to the prolonged pandemic. The  multiple medical degree holder is also the coauthor of a series of medical papers relating to communicable diseases.

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Edwin Chuang Ka-fung

Managing Director, Chuang’s Consortium International

Parsons School of Design alumni Edwin Chuang has built on his architecture, interior design and urban planning training at a hip hotel brand. The Chuang’s Consortium scion is the CEO and Founder of Sáv hospitality, named for style, attitude and vision. The family owns the Sáv Hong Kong and Taipei hotels and manages a resort in Cebu, among others. Chuang also translated his passion for yachting and fitness into business ventures.

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Candy Chuang Ka-wai

Executive Director, Chuang’s Consortium International

Sister of Edwin, Candy Chuang joined their property magnate father, Alan Chuang, at Chuang’s Consortium, after studying art in Boston. She began at their printing company, Midas International Holdings, and then managed Chuang’s China Investments. Chuang’s husband, Neville Kotewall, sat with her on the board of Midas, though the family disposed of its 60.8% interest in the printing business at the end of 2017.

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Alan Chuang Shaw-swee

Honorary Chairman, Chuang’s Consortium International

Joining his father’s manufacturing firm in 1993, Alan Chuang steered it into a successful investment holding company. Shrewd industrial, finance and securities investments and a strong portfolio of properties, including Chuang’s Tower in Central and Central Plaza in Kuala Lumpur, have allowed him to indulge his passion for collecting priceless Chinese ceramics.

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Fernando Chui Sai-on

Chief Executive, Macau SAR

Hailing from a prominent Macau family and with a decade of ministerial experience as Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture under his belt, Fernando Chui was an obvious choice to replace the enclave’s first Chief Executive, Edmund Ho, in 2009. He has a doctorate in public health, and youth, education and medical causes remain close to his heart.