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The Power List 2021-12-21T11:10:48+00:00

2020 Gafencu Power list 300


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Patrick Wang Shui-chung

Chairman and CEO, Johnson Electric

Electrical engineer Patrick Wang has led three generations of his family in business for the past 25 years. His late father and his mother (who remains as honorary chair) founded micro-motor-maker Johnson Electric in 1959. With his brother, sister and son all on board, the now electro-mechanical-component giant has acquired like-minded concerns and opened plants globally. Wang is also a committee member of electronic learning specialist VTech.

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John Witt

Group Managing Director, Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd

Joining Jardine Matheson Group in 1993, John Witt has risen through the ranks to hold a number of senior positions, including Chief Financial Officer of Hongkong Land. Today, the Ottawa-born INSEAD MBA holder is Group Managing Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings, as well as Managing Director of Dairy Farm, Hongkong Land and hospitality group Mandarin Oriental.

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Christy Wo

Founder, Crisathena

Multitalented Dr Christy Wo has been, in turns, an entrepreneur, celebrity model, and fashion watch and jewellery designer. Always a trendsetter, she introduced innovative European watch brands to Asia, including TechnoMarine, Philip Stein and Toywatch, earning her the nickname ‘Queen of Timepieces’. Her latest venture, Crisathena, is a lifestyle brand aimed at discerning modern women, most notably through an array of statement timepieces. A devoted philanthropist, she also finds time to give back through JC Happiness Charity Foundation, which she co-founded.

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Albert Wong

Chairman, Eastern Worldwide Company

After studying in Canada, Albert Wong learned the ropes, literally, at Eastern Worldwide, the freight forwarding and logistics firm established by his grandfather more than 50 years ago; he would clamber up the hulls of ships to deliver messages. Wong junior assumed the chair in 1996 upon the death of his father. Over the years he has generously supported education and children’s charities and has honed his martial arts skills.

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David Wong

Non-executive Chairman, 100x Group

David Wong chairs 100x Group, the parent company of BitMEX, which attracts billions of US dollars each day as the world’s leading cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform. An accomplished public speaker and leadership coach, he has 30 years of experience in global markets, investment banking and asset management, including stints at Bank of China (Hong Kong) and ABN Amro.

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Man Li Wong

Chairman, Man Wah Holdings

Self-made billionaire Wong Man-li ascended from being a lowly Fujian-immigrant factory worker in 1990 to owning a furniture supplier listed in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Man Wah’s top product, the Cheers reclining sofa, has gone down a storm in the US, boasting a third of the market share. Wong was named one of Hong Kong’s Outstanding Youth Industrialists in 2007 and was inducted into the First China Furniture Industry Hall of Fame.

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Vinci Wong

Executive Director and General Manager, Wong’s Kong King International Holdings

From DJing and radio-hosting while studying in Vancouver to TVB personality in Hong Kong, Vinci Wong’s star then shifted to business. He founded and serves as General Manager of Chinese medicine and health-care company 3 Kings, under the umbrella of WKK International, the family electronics business chaired by his father, Senta Wong. Wong junior is a former Chairman of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

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Yenn Wong

Founder and CEO, JIA Group

Singapore-born entrepreneur Yenn Wong is the CEO and founder of the Hong Kong-based JIA Group, which was founded in 2004 with the opening of Jia Hong Kong boutique hotel, followed by Jia Shanghai in 2007. While both hotels have been since sold, the hospitality group continues to run 12 restaurants across Hong Kong, including two Michelin-starred Duddell’s and Louise. Married to fellow restaurateur Alan Lo, she enjoys horse riding and skiing in her spare time.

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Jimmy Wong Chi-ho

President and Director, Tung Chun Group

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Wong Tok-lai, and father, Wong Chung-ming, Jimmy heads the family business, ensuring Tung Chun’s premium sauces are made in Hong Kong and guiding the household name into real estate and catering. A doctor specialising in otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), Wong is Founding President of the Hong Kong Society of Medical Professionals.

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Allan Wong Chi-yun

Chairman and Group CEO, VTech

Heading the world’s largest maker of children’s educational learning products and manufacturer of cordless phones, VTech co-founder Allan Wong is one of Hong Kong’s richest people. The electrical and computer engineering graduate is also plugged into the Hong Kong corporate world as director of both the Bank of East Asia and Li & Fung.

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Simon Wong Ka-wo

Chairman, Kampery Development Ltd

Coffee connoisseur Simon Wong counts an instant milk tea brand and two wineries in Bergerac among his holdings. Since founding Kampery in 1993, the catering tycoon has tasted international success while sitting on a plethora of F&B industry committees. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Brand Development Council, and a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation, where he studied psychology and studio arts in the early ’70s.

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Harold Wong Tsu-hing

CEO and Managing Director, Dah Sing Bank

Scion of Hong Kong’s Dah Sing banking family, Harold Wong studied law at King’s College and Harvard and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales as well as his home city. He went to work for his father, David Wong, in 2000, taking on various senior management roles in Dah Sing Group. Leading Dah Sing Bank since in 2017, he oversees some 70 branches across the region.

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Peter Wong Tung-shun

Non-executve Chairman, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

A former Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Banks, Peter worked at Citibank and Standard Chartered prior to joining HSBC in 2005. Roles at HSBC China, Vietnam and Australia preceded his current appointment and elevation to the Group management board. The computer science whiz is also a director of Serai Limited, and holds key appointments on various political and economic bodies.

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William Wong Yee-lai

Founder and CEO, Playality Limited

Having majored in computer science at Southern Methodist University, William Wong founded Playality, a leading Hong Kong-based online and social gaming company, in 2011. He was the mastermind behind its data analytics engine, too, and found success through games such as Grand Poker. He is also a non-executive director at VTech, the company chaired by his father, Allan Wong.

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Zoe Wong Ying Ying

Chief Brand Officer and Executive Director, Man Wah Holdings

Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a double degree in marketing and sociology, Wong Ying-ying joined Man Wah Holdings, the company that her father, furniture billionaire Wong Man-li, chairs. As Chief Brand Officer of its Greater China Division, she is responsible for overseeing its retail sales, marketing strategy and e-commerce.

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Wilfred Wong Ying-wai

President and Executive Director, Sands China

Former civil servant Wilfred Wong took a turn into business in 1992, holding management roles at leading Hong Kong property developers and helming Macau resort developer Sands China since 2015. The Harvard and Oxford University alumnus is passionate about films; his present cultural credits include Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Asian Film Awards Academy and the Hong Kong Film Development Council.

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Darrin Woo

Managing Director, Woo Hon Fai Group

The eldest grandson of the late Woo Hon-fai, founder of Lee Cheong Gold Dealers Limited, Darrin Woo today oversees the family’s diverse investments as Managing Director of Woo Hon Fai Group. He co-founded Blake’s, a real estate company with a commitment to urban regeneration, with Alan Lo. An avid classic car fan, Woo has a personal classic car blog, Motor & Co.

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Jennifer Woo

Chairman and CEO, Lane Crawford Joyce Group

The middle child of Peter and Bessie Woo, Jennifer has cut her own cloth within the family holdings, becoming a youthful force in luxury retailing. She has guided historic Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford into China and the digital age, as well as overseen the various fashion and footwear boutiques, brand management and distribution enterprises under her wing, including Joyce, Pedder Group and Imaginex. She is also a member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

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Douglas Woo Chun-kuen

Chairman and Managing Director, Wheelock and Co

In 2013, Douglas Woo became Managing Director of Wheelock – the company which today oversees the property portfolio of his late grandfather, Y.K. Pao – and soon succeeded his father, Peter Woo, as Chairman. The Princeton architecture graduate and sports lover also sits on various industry committees. He also chairs the Government’s Environment and Conservation Fund and is Founding Patron of Project WeCan, two of his father’s initiatives.

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Kebo Wu

Chairman and Executive Director, Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Group

Through Chentian Entertainment Group and Orange Sky, mainland businessman Wu Kebo acquired control of famed Hong Kong film studio Golden Harvest. His 2007 purchase of Raymond Chow’s remaining stake propelled him into dual lead roles of Chairman and majority shareholder. Wu refocused the company: now called Orange Sky Golden Harvest, it operates 39 cinema multiplexes in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

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Thomas Jefferson Wu

Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Hopewell Holdings Ltd

Following his father, Sir Gordon Wu, into Princeton and, 22 years ago, their infrastructure mammoth Hopewell Holdings, Thomas Wu added the deputy chair to his long-time role of Managing Director in 2018. The company went private in mid-2019, with Wu’s father and other family members buying out the remaining shareholders, including his own 3.34 percent stake. A passionate ice hockey fan, he the Vice President (Asia/Oceania)of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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Yajun Wu

Chairman, Longfor Properties

Billionaire businesswoman Wu Yajun made her fortune at the helm of Longfor Properties, which she co-founded with her ex-husband in 1995. Rising from humble beginnings – she began her career as a journalist before moving into property – she went on to invest in such notable tech companies as Uber and Evernote.

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Michael Wu Wei-kuo

Chairman and Managing Director, Maxim’s Caterers Ltd

Michael Wu helms the restaurant group co-founded in 1956 by his grandfather, S.T. Wu. At Maxim’s since 1992, he was instrumental in expanding from cakes and Chinese food into Japanese (Genki) and smart Western restaurants (Café Landmark, Simplylife). In 2000, Wu partnered with Starbucks to bring a long-awaited US coffee culture to Hong Kong and Macau. He has a head for figures, having studied mathematics at Brown.