Kwok Brothers

Kwok Brothers | employmentStarting as brothers at the family can be in employment company, as what the Kwok brothers did. They give lots of employment opportunities in their country.

Raymond Kwok Ping Luen (at the left)(born in 1952 in Hong Kong with family roots in Zhongshan, Guangdong, China) is the vice-chairman and managing director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest property developer in Hong Kong. He is the chairman of SUNeVision Holdings Ltd. and SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited. He is the youngest son of Kwok Tak Seng, the founder of SHK Properties and the younger brother of Walter Kwok, the chairman of SHK Properties, and Thomas Kwok, another vice-chairman of SHK Properties.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Law from Jesus College, Cambridge, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, an Honorary Doctorate degree in Business Administration from the Open University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Laws from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr Raymond Kwok Ping Luen is a noted entrepreneur and leader in Hong Kong's property sector. For many years the Kwok family has taken a leading role in the territory's property development business. In the 1980s the family diversified its business portfolio into transport, infrastructure and logistics, telecommunications and information technology. Dr Kwok, through his vision and knowledge, has since applied advanced technologies to the field of business and management with remarkable success, thus contributing to Hong Kong's development into an international business and IT hub.

Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, (at the center) is born in Hong Kong with family roots in Zhongshan, Guangdong), is the eldest son of Kwok Tak Seng (郭得勝). Together with brothers Thomas and Raymond, they inherited Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's largest real estate developer, in 1990 following their father's death.

Walter is the chairman and CEO of that organization, and the brothers share control of the firm. The Kwok brothers are the third wealthiest people in Hong Kong and Greater China Region, just after Li Ka Shing and Lee Shau Kee. Their wealth is estimated to be 15 billion US dollars in Forbes' latest annual list of billionaires.

Kwok fell in love with an ambitious lawyer Ida Tong Kam-hing (唐錦馨), but Kwok's father did not allow Walter to marry her.

His parents introduced him to Lydia Ku, whom he married, but the marriage broke up six months afterwards. Later, he married his present wife, Wendy Lee.

1997 Abduction

In 1997, Walter Kwok was allegedly kidnapped by the notorious gangster "Big Spender" Cheung Chi Keung, and was released seven days later without police intervention. Negotiations fronted by wife Wendy resulted payment of a ransom rumoured to have been in nine figures. Following his arrest in Guangzhou in 1998, Cheung confessed that he had put Kwok in a wooden container blindfolded for four days, and fed him regular meals of roast pork with rice, until the ransom of some HK$600 million was paid. The ransom in 1,000 dollar notes was packed inside 20 large carrier bags and driven in two Mercedes saloon cars to a quiet lane in Central district. After the kidnap, the badly shaken Walter handed over the executive duties of SHKP to his younger brothers while retaining the title of Chairman and Chief Executive.

The younger Kwoks controlled day to day operations of the group, although Walter has been increasingly rehabilitated into the business in recent months. During this time, a former girlfriend, Ida Tong, is said to have become increasingly influential. This influence has led to business decisions by Kwok which departed from its previous conservative model, and without the consensus of his brothers.

Thomas Kwok Ping Kwong SBS, JP (at the right) (born in Hong Kong in 1951 with family roots in Zhongshan, Guangdong, China) is the vice-chairman and managing director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest property developer in Hong Kong. He is the second son of Kwok Tak Seng, the founder of SHK Properties and the younger brother of Walter Kwok, the chairman of SHK Properties.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from London Business School, University of London and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.

Raymond Kwok | Thomas Kwok | Walter Kwok

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