PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 April, 2005, 12:00am

Whether out of curiosity or voyeuristic instinct, we are constantly lapping up stories about prominent people in our society. We want to know what they do to get where they are, what makes them tick, and how they enjoy their lives.

Faces has been launched to celebrate the people who inspire us. It is a collection of success stories of those who have piqued our interest and whose paths to success may serve as a roadmap for others.

In this inaugural issue, Hong Kong Disneyland's group managing director

Don Robinson tells of his rise at Disney, and gives a sneak preview of the theme park that is set to cast a spell over Hong Kong and mainland China. High-flying politician

Bernard Chan bares his political ambitions. Banyan Tree's founder, Ho Kwon Ping, charts the last 10 years of the 'minor miracle' that turned an Asian resort chain into an international brand. Thierry Nataf, president of Zenith, shares his vision in reviving an aristocratic Swiss watch brand, and Hong Kong doctor Tse Tsz-wah talks about setting aside his private practice to join the Asian tsunami relief efforts in Aceh.

On a lighter note, fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana unveil their secrets to maintaining a long-standing partnership, up-and-coming film director Edmond Pang exposes his dark side, restaurateur Colette Koo and KEE Club owner Maria Rhomberg take us dining and travelling, Japanese hotelier Kenji Shiojima plays tour guide to Tokyo, legislator James Tien talks about fast cars, and teenage prodigy Michelle Wie hones her passion for golf.

Through their stories, we hope to serve up the motivation to keep the wheels of progress turning.