Hong Kong's Most Eligible Bachelors Of 2018
(Note: The list is in no particular order, and some men may currently be attached, although unmarried.)
WHY HIM? The art collector and professional is only 28 but already runs a successful art consultancy, McNamara Art Projects, as well as a new gallery in Wong Chuk Hang. He’s definitely going places.
SIGNATURE STYLE: A fedora or panama hat. He collects them and never leaves home without one.
WHY HIM? Besides his incredible good looks, you mean? Well, let’s see: Loui is the vice-president of brand strategy, marketing and communications for his family’s company, Dream Cruises, an architect in training and an enthusiastic art lover. Check, check, check.
PERKS: Given his family’s business interests, it should come as no surprise that he loves to travel.
WHY HIM? A graduate of MIT, Mario is one of Stanley Ho and businesswoman Angela Leong’s younger sons. He runs his own tech venture out of Shanghai.
NATURAL HABITAT: A European football fan, Mario travels around the world to watch games, pose with players and hang out with his siblings.
WHY HIM? As creative director of Hong Kong fashion brand Moiselle, the label started by his parents in 1997, Harris has his finger on the fashion pulse. His collections are youthful and opulent, and his shows are awash with his fashion pals including Feiping Chang, Jonathan Cheung and Sabrina Ho.
NATURAL HABITAT: His Porsche. Harris can also be found pumping iron in the gym.
PERKS: A perfectly toned torso.
WHY HIM? Gallic and gallant son of the late Paul Pontallier, who was managing director of Chateau Margaux, Thibault co-founded Pont des Arts with Arthur de Villepin. He divides his time between Hong Kong and Bordeaux.
PERKS: Hard-to-score invites to hang out at the first-growth chateau in France.
CAVEAT: Talks, drinks and travels at a rate of knots.
WHY HIM? Despite the surname, the Hong Kong-based Austrian ex-UBS banker is shaking up the non-alcoholic drinks biz with his all-natural energy drink, Clarity.
PERKS: With all that energy, Sebastian is guaranteed to keep you up all night.
CAVEAT: Whatever you do, don’t order a vodka Red Bull when you’re out with him.
WHY HIM? The British-educated third son of Burmese property tycoon Serge Pun, Ivan has put Yangon firmly on the map of cool.
PERKS: His lifestyle firm, Pun + Projects, runs three restaurants in Yangon and turned a riverfront warehouse into an edgy, year-long pop-up culture hub called TS1. Ivan also knows how to throw a party—check out the hashtag #burmaimpossiblychic on Instagram.
8/21Aimone Ripa di Meana
WHY HIM? A co-founder of e-commerce giant Lazada, this Hong Kong-based Italian stallion has a passion for all things online.
PERKS: Speaks multiple languages and loves a marathon. Cultured and fit? That's a winning combination.
WHY HIM? This Bavarian beau is the CFO of Nova Founders Capital, which invests in innovative tech companies.
CAVEAT: The Hongkonger may be more obsessed with David Hasselhoff than you.
WHY HIM? Because you could name your future son James and revel in the glory of having offspring forever mistaken for Ian Fleming’s celebrated protagonist. Oh, and because the Hong Kong-based Bond was a VP at Merrill Lynch and now runs Bond Ventures, a company specialising in private equity investments.
PERKS: You’d get to hang out with his intrepid sister Annabelle, who climbed Mount Everest in 2004.
CAVEAT: He’s partial to a selfie and likes, nay, loves to party. His signature pout—a suave scowl that might be described as Blue Steel meets Angry Birds—is an acquired taste.
WHY HIM? If you like a man who uses his noodle, you’ll love Jeremie, the co-founder of Hong Kong-based Vietnamese noodle chain Noodlemi. When he’s not slurping pho, he works in senior equity sales at Mariana Capital Markets Asia.
NATURAL HABITAT: Hong Kong, although he previously worked in Tokyo and London.
WHY HIM? When he’s not heading up Grand Horizon, his family’s bed linen and accessories business, suave Sam can be found on his yacht entertaining Hong Kong’s most glamorous peeps.
CAVEAT: His friends laud his generosity and high energy, but prospective spouses should tread carefully. Word has it that model Amanda Strang has won his heart.
13/21Nick Buckley Wood
WHY HIM? Always had a thing for John Lennon? Sadly that ship sailed in 1980, but the next best thing is Nick, his doppelganger. Based in Hong Kong, this tall, bespectacled beau is the Director, Asia at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
CAVEAT: You'll need to brush up on your art smarts if you want to win his heart.
WHY HIM? Alan ticks all the boxes. Graduated from Oxford University, he is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, co-chairs Hong Kong arts organisation Para Site and is one of the first local donors to the city’s coming M+ museum of visual culture. He also sits on the Asia-Pacific acquisitions committee of the Tate Modern in the UK. Yes, please.
WHY HIM? Notoriously private, famously handsome and extremely sporty, Douglas is the son of Hong Kong property tycoon Peter Woo and his wife Bessie. He succeeded his father as chairman of Wheelock and Co in 2014.
See also: How Peter Woo Transformed The Murray, Hong Kong
WHY HIM? Grandson of the late Bossini founder Law Ting-pong and brother of Queenie Rosita Law—who was named "Most Promising Young Lady" at the Hong Kong Tatler Ball in 2017—clean-cut Kino is making a name for himself as CEO of Hong Kong developer K&K Property.
WHY HIM? As managing partner of Buzz Concepts, Jonathan knows a good party when he sees one. Indeed, the party often revolves around him and his fabulously stylish crew.
PERKS: Rolling with JC, as he’s known to his pals, you’d be the plus-one of one of Hong Kong’s most invited.
CAVEAT: That said, you won’t meet him unless you’re already on that list.
WHY HIM? Son of Hong Kong A-listers Ronald and Johanna, 26-year-old Max sports the gentility of a bygone era and the charm of a seasoned Casanova. He currently works in start-ups.
CAVEAT: He's very mysterious.
WHY HIM? A budding filmmaker, 23-year-old Justin is the son of Hong Kong film director Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting and Cindy Yeung (daughter of Albert Yeung, the chairman of Emperor Group). Justin has just made a documentary, Yaya, that explores his relationship with the Filipino domestic worker who helped raise him.
PERKS: A director with a cause—what’s not to like?
CAVEAT: He’s currently studying politics in New York, so you might have to settle for a long-distance relationship.
WHY HIM? The older brother of Eleanor Lam, Lester oversees Media Asia, the entertainment arm of his father’s property and media empire, meaning he can get the best tickets to any concert.
NATURAL HABITAT: Boats. He loves them. He even owns one. Just saying…
WHY HIM? The grandson of the late Henry, Eric is the second of Timothy’s three sons with Loletta Chu-Lo. Vice-president of the Fok Ying Tung Group, a member of the Guangdong CPPCC and a director of the Hong Kong Football Association, he is a graduate of King’s College London.
PERKS: A nautical enthusiast, Eric is keen to foster an interest in yachting in the younger generation.
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