Chairman, Goldin Group
Mainland-born Pan Sutong’s passions for wine and horses are evident in his far-reaching acquisitions under Hong Kong-based Goldin Group: a stud farm in Australia, wineries in Napa Valley and Bordeaux, and a polo club in a mammoth Tianjin development, where Goldin Finance 117 will be one of China’s tallest buildings. Pan is committed to Hong Kong property too, building apartments in Ho Man Tin and office towers in Kowloon Bay.
Executive Director, Canadian International School of Beijing
Toronto-raised Charles Pang hails from a textiles family who switched to investing in education; his father co-founded the Canadian International School in Beijing. Some 16 years later, CISB has more than 30 branches throughout China. Pang, the school’s Executive Director since 2007, has extracurricular interests in a Hong Kong restaurant and an upcoming luggage brand, Ventris.
Chairman and CEO, Hin Sang Group (International) Holding Co Ltd
A founder of Hin Sang Group with his wife Kwan Lai-man, Pang Siu-hin has occupied the CEO and Chairman’s seat since 1996. His area of business expertise spans Chinese medicine and mother-child healthcare products – the company’s Hin Sang babies’ milk supplement brand was launched in 2004. A supporter of a huge list of charities and public service organisations in Hong Kong and China, Pang is a lifetime adviser to Pok Oi Hospital.
Arts supporter Anna Pao-Sohmen is the daughter of late shipping magnate Pao Yue-kong; her husband, Helmut Sohmen, took over World-Wide Shipping when Sir Y.K. retired. She launched the Society of the Academy for Performing Arts in 1989, and is the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Liver Foundation. Pao-Sohmen passed her love of education to her son, Philip: together they started the YK Pao School in Shanghai.
Fashion and Jewellery Designer
Romanian-Greek designer Narcisa Pheres moved to Hong Kong in 2010, a decade into her career. The Central Saint Martins alumni was first noticed for her menswear, but her diamond jewellery now garners her recognition, as Hollywood stars wear them on the red carpet. In the past two years, she became creative director of Japanese brand Jewelry Maki, and the official jewellery supplier to Russian Princess Olga Romanoff.
Founder, Altaya Group
Eschewing Shiu Wing Steel, the family business his grandfather Pong Dingyuen started, MIT graduate Paulo Pong began importing wine. His three-pronged group now comprises Altaya Wines, Rare & Fine Wines and the Wine etc shops. He also co-founded Classified Group with Alan Lo and Arnold Wong, and recently expanded the Duddell’s restaurant brand to London. Pong holds the French honour of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.
Stanley Pong Kit
Executive Chairman, Cosmedia Group Holdings Ltd
Shiu Wing Steel scion Stanley Pong followed his father, Pong Ding-yuen, founder of Hong Kong’s only steel rolling mill, into the family business. He then forged a different path, moving from machinery to new media with the launch of his advertising and television home-shopping company, Cosmedia Group, in 1996. Pong also supports the work of his conservationist wife, actress Sharon Kwok.
Founder and Group Executive Chairman, Dickson Concepts
Knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Sir Dickson Poon presides over a luxury retail empire. He bought London store Harvey Nichols in 1991, and owns S.T. Dupont and Dickson Watch & Jewellery. Two years after gifting money to Oxford University for the construction of the Dickson Poon China Centre in 2010, the philanthropist made the largest-ever donation to King’s College London to upgrade the now-Dickson Poon School of Law.
Horst Julius Pudwell
Co-Founder and Chairman, Techtronic Industries Group
Self-made billionaire Horst Julius Pudwill started a Hong Kong trading company in 1978, a few years after arriving from his native Germany to sell Volkswagen vehicles. Since co-founding TTI in 1985, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of power tools and equipment including Hoover vacuum cleaners, he has risen to become the city’s 28th richest person. Pudwill is now semi-retired, with son Stephan Horst as his heir apparent.
Stephan Horst Pudwell
Vice-Chairman, Techtronic Industries Group
Beginning his career in the automotive industry like Horst Julius Pudwill, his father, Stephan Horst Pudwill now occupies the vice-chair spot at TTI. The University of British Columbia graduate’s experience in product marketing and strategic planning at Daimler Chrysler helps him manage operations at the family company. Hart Hammers and AEG Powertools are among TTI’s 11 brands.
Founder and Owner, Pun + Projects
Dividing his time between creative business ventures in Myanmar and Hong Kong, UK-educated Ivan Pun is the third son of Burmese tycoon Serge Pun – he worked in his father’s property development company before founding Pun + Projects in 2013. The younger Pun’s Yangon “projects” cover everything from food to furniture. In Hong Kong, Pun lately launched the Hawkr eateries and collaborated with The Artling for a showcase of Asia-designed works.