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Six degrees

Andrea Chen

 

Nancy Kissel, aka the milkshake murderer, has renewed her bid to be cleared of murdering her Merrill Lynch banker husband, Robert, having been twice convicted for the crime - her 2005 conviction was overturned in 2010 but she was again tried and found guilty in March 2011. The case of the 49-year-old American expatriate, who fed her husband a barbiturate-laced milkshake before bludgeoning him to death with an ornament, was first heard by a jury before Mr Justice Michael Lunn. Last year, the judge declared there was no "reasonably arguable ground" for appeal for jailed businesswoman Lily Chiang Lai-lei …

The fourth daughter of prominent industrialist Chiang Chen was jailed in 2011 for 3½ years, for fraud. Another judge called her an "author of dishonesty" after the district court heard she had pocketed more than HK$3.7 million in a share-option scam. Before her fall from grace, Lily Chiang had become the first woman to chair the General Chamber of Commerce. After charges were brought against her by the ICAC in 2008, she stepped down from that role. The chamber is now presided over by Chow Chung-kong …

After two years at the helm of Australian-based Brambles Industries, Chow had to resign as chief executive of the palette company in 2003 when it reported a near 40 per cent drop in annual profits. After returning to his native Hong Kong, he came under fire again in 2007 when he backed a Civic Party candidate over a Liberal Party one in a district council election, for which he was accused of "lacking political wisdom" and threatened with more scrutiny of the MTR Corporation (of which he was then chief executive) by the then Liberal Party chairman, James Tien Pei-chun …

The former legislative councilor has triggered a number of controversies over the years. Known for his pro-business and pro-Beijing stances, Tien surprised all in 2003 by announcing his resignation from the Executive Council after it rejected his calls to delay enactment of the controversial anti-subversion Article 23 of the Basic Law. His action reportedly forced then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to withdraw the legislation. The vacancy in the cabinet was filled by broadcasting legend Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee …

Having begun her career as a weather girl in the 1960s, Chow climbed the ranks to become director of three major television channels. The TV-star-turned-politician is known for her celebrity connections and during an election campaign in 2004 was backed at an event by a celebrity football team that included comedian Michael Hui Koon-man and actor Natalis Chan Pak-cheung. After her resignation from the Legislative Council in 2009, Chow hosted a talk show, her guests including then chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, film legend Connie Chan Po-chu and banker Peter Wong Tung-shun …

In 2010, Wong was appointed HSBC's Asia-Pacific chief executive, becoming the first Chinese to take on the role. He is also renowned for his spending on real estate. In 1998, he paid HK$67 million for two luxury flats in Tai Tam which, it was reported, left him in debt. One of the properties was in the Hong Kong Parkview development, which made headlines again in 2003 when the body of a wealthy banker was found in a rented storeroom there. The poor man had been wrapped in a carpet after being bludgeoned to death by his wife, Nancy Kissel.

 

 

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