Meet The Hong Kong Tatler Ball 2018 Awardees
Come typhoon or shine, if there's one thing we know it's that Hong Kong's movers and shakers will never let a little rain get in their way.
Just hours before Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong, the Tatler community got dressed to the nines for the Hong Kong Tatler Ball. As well as enjoying drinks by The Macallan, an innovative plant-based menu and stellar performances, we celebrated those who've made Hong Kong what it is today with their achievements.
Hong Kong Tatler Ball 2018 Awards
Awards were handed out in four categories: Global Unity, Most Promising Young Lady, Most Stylish Woman and the prestigious Diamond Award. Find out more about each awardee below:
Global Unity Award: Yuri and Julia Milner
We welcomed two very special guests—Yuri and Julia Milner—to this year's annual Hong Kong Tatler Ball. They were also the recipients of a new award category; the Global Unity award.
Created to acknowledge those from the international community who are uniting our planet, bridging east and west, we can't think of a more deserving pair than Yuri, a former physicist turned billionaire tech tycoon (he was one of the early investors in companies such as Facebook, Spotify and WhatsApp to name a few) and his wife, Julia, a former model turned artist.
Passionate about science, they have founded of numerous philanthropic projects, most notably Breakthrough Prize which awards six prizes each year to outstanding scientists. Each award comes with a cash payment of US$3 million, nearly three times that of a Nobel Prize.
“If celebrity is the measure of our priorities as a civilisation, then we need science to be more represented because science should be one of the main priorities, if not the priority,” says Yuri. “And celebrities are now the ones talking to hundreds of millions of people. If we don’t have scientists represented, then their message will get lost. And if their message is lost, there’ll be no public support for science.”
Most Promising Young Lady: Joanna Lui Hickox
This year’s ‘Most Promising Young Lady’ is Gen.T lister and founder of Cha Bei, Joanna Lui Hickox.
Born into a family of hotelier-developers, she now creates and curates in-house concepts, and develops projects with luxury and lifestyle brands and innovators in the areas of hospitality, retail, culture and entertainment.
As well as being a budding entrepreneur, Joanna is also the director of the her family’s philanthropic foundation.
Having recently gotten married—in an epic triple-location spectacular, no less—and given birth to a gorgeous baby girl, it seems the best is yet to come for this talented and, of course, promising young lady.
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Most Stylish Woman: Ming Ho-Tang
Ming Ho-Tang was an absolute vision at the Hong Kong Tatler Ball, dressed in a showstopping gown by Oscar de la Renta complemented by a statement necklace by Chopard.
The consultant for Li & Fung's impeccable fashion sense has deemed her a style icon in Hong Kong's social circles, where she's often seen dressed in the latest pieces by her favourite designers, which include Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli and Alaia.
But of course, style is about more than just clothes—it's also about how you carry yourself and Ming exudes elegance, graec and poise wherever she goes.
See also: Hong Kong’s Most Fabulous Wardrobes: Ming Ho-Tang
Diamond Award: Peter Woo
This year’s recipient of the Diamond Award, Hong Kong Tatler’s highest honour, is none other than Peter Woo.
A classic Hong Kong success story, Peter was born in Shanghai before his family fled to Hong Kong in 1949 to escape the communists. It was a rocky new start, but he fondly remembers the good times, like swimming in the ocean after school.
Today, he’s come a long way as the long-time head of Wheelock and Company and its principal subsidiary, The Wharf Holdings, before handing over the reins in 2015. But even after retirement, the notoriously quiet businessman couldn’t pass up the rare opportunity to redevelop Hong Kong’s iconic Murray Building, which Peter brilliantly transformed into a stunning five-star hotel, The Murray, Hong Kong.
See also: 6 Ways Peter Woo Completely Transformed The Murray, Hong Kong
Despite his success, Peter has never forgotten his humble roots—seven years ago, he established Project WeCan, a pioneering philanthropic business-in-community venture that connects disadvantaged students in Hong Kong with businesses in multi-year partnerships.
A dedicated philanthropist, a visionary and one of the most respected figures in this city—he was met with roaring cheers and applause from the crowd to receive this award—to say Peter deserves this award is an understatement.
More on the Hong Kong Tatler Awards:
- Video: The Hong Kong Tatler Ball 2018 Awards Ceremony
- Flashback: A Decade of Hong Kong Tatler's Most Promising Young Ladies
- Flashback: A Decade of Hong Kong Tatler's Most Stylish Women
- Flashback: A Decade of Hong Kong Tatler's Diamond Awardees
See more from the Hong Kong Tatler Ball 2018 here.