Hong Kong's Elite: Who’s New On The 2018 Tatler 500 List
January 17, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler
You know what they say—one year you’re in and the next you’re out. We've reviewed and reshuffled our Tatler 500 List for 2018 according to who’s shaping Hong Kong today. Scroll through the gallery below to see the new faces that made it to this year’s list:
A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Business School, Ann is the co-founder of Punch Detox and serves on the board of governors for the HK Adventist Hospital Foundation. The wife of Benjamin and the mother of three children, she loves cooking, gardening, and going on long walks with her family and rescue dog.
Christopher is the managing director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited, better known as FANCL. Christopher and his wife, Michelle Ma, support a range of charities including the First Initiative Foundation; they also support the Le French May arts festival. They have one daughter, Cheryl.
Harris is the creative director of Moiselle, the women’s clothing label started by his parents, Shirley and Boby Chan. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Harris is credited with reinvigorating the label with a youthful, opulent approach that has resulted in steady growth throughout the region. He is also a supporter of the HKAPA.
See also: The Tatler 10 with Harris Chan
The wife of Chung-kiu, Cecilia is an avid art collector and a budding artist. The mother-of-two is a supporter of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. In her free time, Cecilia enjoys travelling with her family, music and dancing.
Chung-kiu, better known as CK, originally hails from Chongqing. He started his career trading electronic goods and other commodities between Hong Kong and Mainland China, before venturing into real estate. He’s the founder and managing director of Yugang International; his other companies include CC Land Holdings and YT Realty Group.
CK made recent headlines for his purchase of high-profile properties including Robert Hotung’s former Peak home Ho Tung Gardens and the Leadenhall Building in London. He is married to Cecilia and they have two children.
Jonathan (or JC, as he’s known to friends) is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and The Bartlett at University College London. He is the co-founder of public relations powerhouse Buzz Agency and works with his father at ITC Properties Group. Jonathan is a supporter of the HKAPA and Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee.
See also: Tod's Shoot With Jonathan Cheung
Evan is a managing partner at MCL Financial Group, one of Hong Kong’s leading boutique financial services firms. He also set up his own family office platform, CEG Capital, with a focus on real estate and asset management. Outside of work, Evan is an avid art and watch collector. He is the brother of Jacqueline Chow.
The former editorial director at Edipresse Media Asia, Sean is the founder of Project C:Change, which raises funds and awareness in Asia to combat the trade of endangered wildlife. An avid conservationist and photographer, he recently launched Awethentic Gallery, the first art and virtual-reality concept space and studio in Hong Kong.
A graduate of University College London, Nancy Fung is the director and founder of boutique PR agency Signature Communications. She is a friend of Design Trust and a supporter of Caritas Hong Kong. Having done a brief course at Le Cordon Bleu, she is a keen home chef who enjoys cooking for friends. She is married to Dinesh Nihalchand.
Victoria is the daughter of Young Law of the Laws Group. She is the founder of the Ztampz group, which owns and operates several women’s fashion brands in Asia. She graduated from the Parsons School of Design and worked in the luxury fashion sector for a few years before starting her own label.
Victoria was the recipient of Hong Kong Tatler’s Most Promising Young Lady Award in 2004. She is married to Victor Ha and they have four children.
Sabrina is the executive director and CEO of Poly Auction Macau. She is the eldest daughter of Stanley Ho and Angela Leong, and she’s keen to follow in her father’s footsteps in leaving her own mark on Macau by transforming the gaming hub into one of Asia’s leading art and cultural destinations. Sabrina is a supporter of the HKAPA.
Robin is the daughter of Vanessa and Tony Hwang. She is the executive director of the Foodlink Foundation, a Hong Kong charity dedicated to reducing food waste and fighting poverty. Robin is also the executive director of the Parkview Group. She is married to Jamee Wong and they recently welcomed a son, Evan.
A graduate of Boston College, Winston is the vice-president at home furnishings distributor UCP International. He is an avid watch collector, specifically of black watches; at one point, he had more than 200 timepieces in his collection. Winston is married to Océane and they have two children.
See also: The Black List ft. Winston Koo
The founder and CEO of luxury consignment company Guiltless, Yen is the youngest daughter of Shangri-La and Kerry Group founder Robert Kuok. She is known for her passions for skincare and fashion, and is a junior-year Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University.
Eleanor, or “Elly” as she’s known among friends, is the daughter of Peter Lam and former Taiwanese actress, Lynn Hsieh. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Eleanor was presented at Le Bal des Débutantes in 2014. A budding influencer with a six-digit following on Instagram, she currently holds a role as assistant vice-president at father Peter’s company, the entertainment powerhouse Media Asia.
Will is the CEO of silk and garment manufacturer High Fashion Group; he is the elder son of its founder and chairman, Lam Foo-wah. Prior to joining the group, he was an investment banker in New York and attended Princeton University. Will is married to Wendy Law and they have a son.
Fanny is a former high-ranking civil servant whose posts included the Secretary for Education and Manpower (2002), Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower (2006) and Commissioner for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (2007). She was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2017 and is the chairperson for the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.
Queenie Rosita Law
The heiress of the family that runs fashion label Bossini, Queenie believes that art and commerce can be combined. She has extended her vision for increasing the accessibility of art through her travel books, which present popular cities through the eyes of local artists.
Following her high-profile kidnapping in 2015, Queenie also published the Chinese book Dear Life (with the Hong Kong Economic Journal), which deals with overcoming hardship through creativity. She was also the recipient of Hong Kong Tatler’s Most Promising Young Lady Award in 2017.
Wendy is the daughter of Law Kar-po, who chairs the Park Hotel Group and China Infrastructure Investment; her grandfather was Law Ting-pong, the founder of Bossini. Wendy, a former lawyer at Slaughter & May in London, is also the founder of shoe brand Mocca, which she sold to Kingmaker in 2008. Wendy is an executive director at Park Hotel Group, where she works with her brother, Allen. She is married to Will Lam.
Antonia is the daughter of Sandra Wong and Edmund Li, and co-founder of creative agency Indicube, which was recently acquired by PB Branding. She holds a bachelor degree in social sciences and law from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Chinese University. In her free time, she enjoys boxing and scuba diving.
William is managing director of architecture and interior design firm CL3. His projects include Marina Bay Sands, East Hotel, The Park Lane Hong Kong, Shinjuku Prince Hotel and H Queen’s. He is a member of several design and architecture bodies, including the Architects Registration Board, the Association of Architectural Practices, the Hong Kong Designers Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
Rita is one of the founders of Gale Well Group, which has a vast Hong Kong property portfolio that includes entire floors in Shun Tak Centre, Grand Millennium Plaza, Lippo Centre and Admiralty Centre, as well as the entirety of the China Insurance Group Building and Austin Plaza. Rita has two children, Jeffrey and Jennifer.
The founder and CEO of Hypebeast, Kevin graduated from the University of British Columbia. He began his career in finance before launching the Hypebeast platform, which gathers fashion, culture and music news into one place, and now has an e-commerce platform, HBX. Hypebeast’s 2016 initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong was among the best-performing IPOs that year.
The glamorous Michelle is executive director of FANCL House, French restaurant Épure and French pastry brand Dalloyau in Hong Kong. She is a staunch supporter of local charity First Initiative Foundation and Le French May. Michelle is married to Christopher Chan, with whom she has one daughter, Cheryl.
Daryl is the eldest son of Robert and is the executive director of property conglomerate Sino Group. He established the Heritage Conservation Foundation in 2008, which won the tender in 2012 to convert the Grade II historic building Old Tai O Police Station into Tai O Heritage Hotel.
His other social projects include the "Go Code" programme and innovations such as in-building hydropower and city air-purification systems.
Thomas, who also goes by Yaping, is the founder of Sinolink Worldwide Holdings and Towngas China Company. He serves as director of China Merchants Bank in the PRC and Yiyang Pan River Enterprises, chairman of the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, and vice-chairman and part-time professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, where he holds a bachelor of engineering management degree.
Christopher is the co-founder of Hong Kong-based studio Thirty30 Creative, along with his wife, Victoria Tang-Owen. The company’s client list includes Lane Crawford, Joyce, Tod’s and Le French May. Christopher previously worked as a lawyer in London and Hong Kong with the firm Holman Fenwick Willan and is on the board of the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association.
Jagdish, better known as Jay to family and friends, is the executive director of Symphony Capital Partners. He has a BA in economics and history from New York University. Before joining Symphony, Jay was the vice-president of business development for the LA-based fashion group BCBG Max Azria Group. He is married to Diana D’Arenberg.
Kevin is a graduate of Pepperdine University and the founder of Clot, Juice, District Distribution, marketing and PR agency Social/Capital, the concept store WOAW and the coffee shop Elephant Grounds. In 2013, he partnered with International Fixer to organise Hong Kong’s first major hip-hop and dance music festival, Blohk Party, curated by Pharrell Williams.
The third son of Burmese property tycoon Serge Pun, Ivan was raised between Hong Kong, Thailand, Myanmar and Britain, where he completed his schooling and almost completed his tertiary study. After four years working for Serge Pun & Associates, the conglomerate helmed by his father, he founded Pun + Projects, a lifestyle company that operates restaurants and spearheads creative ventures in Yangon, and now owns a gallery and event space in Wong Chuk Hang with his friend Greg McNamara.
Bruce is vice-chairman, executive director and CEO of Global Brands Group Holding; he also serves as the non-executive chairman of The Pure Group. Bruce is a member of the advisory board for the Wharton School’s Jay H Baker Retailing Center and is married to Coco Lee.
This model-turned-chef opened her first private kitchen, Ta Pantry, in 2008, followed by restaurant Maison ES in 2015. Esther is also known for her talents in floral arrangements and home decorating. She is married to Sunny Tan, and has two sons and an adorable shih tzu, Xiao Fung.
See also: 40 Seconds With Esther Sham
Indonesian-Chinese Michiko is a supporter of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. In her spare time, this mother of four sons enjoys Latin dancing, driving fast cars and skiing on black-diamond slopes.
Arthur de Villepin
Arthur is the founder and CEO of the Art de Vivre Group, and the CEO of cross-border consulting firm Villepin International in Asia. He was born in the US and spent his early years in India and France where his father, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, was posted.
Inspired by his globetrotting upbringing, Arthur is a staunch believer in the art of life and is dedicated to sharing his passion through his group’s diverse portfolio spanning the arts, gastronomy and wine.
See also: A Drink With ... Arthur de Villepin
Jeffery is the founder and CEO of Puyi Group, a Hong Kong-based luxury eyewear retailer. He subsequently launched six retail concepts under the group: Puyi Optical, Glasstique, O-O Shop, Vault, Point de Vue and Reflections.
To date, Puyi Group has more than 50 shops in Greater China, Hong Kong and Macau. Jeffery is also the founder and CEO of Europe Watch Company. He is married to Margaret, with whom he has two children.
Also known as Yen Chi-tan, Donnie is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer and multiple winner of the world wushu tournament. He gained further international recognition for his role as Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Donnie has three children—Jeff, Jasmine and James—and is married to former beauty queen Cissy Wang.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Laetitia works in private equity. She is on the board of advisers for International Care Ministries and is a strong supporter of Mother’s Choice. Laetitia is a big fan of spinning and in her free time, you can often catch her on a bike at the XYZ indoor cycling studio.
The full 500 List was released in the annual issue of Society 2018, out on newsstands now.
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