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  • Nov 24, 2014
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Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai (his Chinese name is Lai Chee-ying) is a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur formally best known for his high profile as the founder of Giordano, one of Asia’s biggest retailers. Born in China in 1948, Lai came to Hong Kong at the age of 12. Lai invested in a bankrupt garment factory, Comitex, in 1975, which he built into Giordano, which he sold in the 1990s after his criticism of Chinese human rights abuse prompted retaliation against his retail group's mainland operations. In 1995 he founded Apple Daily and his Next Media group is one of the most successful of its kind in the region. Next Media is known for its support for democracy and criticism of China, prompting some companies with ties to avoid advertising with publications in the group. While the group has been hugely successful with its media operations, it made a rare misstep by entering Taiwan’s saturated broadcasting market and in October 2012 agreed to sell its loss-making Taiwan TV unit to  Lien Tai-sheng, owner of Taiwan’s Era Television and to terminate its video-on-demand (VOD) services at the end of the month.


Jimmy Lai defiant over 'state-level' cyberattacks

Jimmy Lai Chee-ying has been the victim of three cyberattacks since July that have resulted in thousands of sensitive emails being leaked to the media.

Thursday, 9 October, 2014, 4:56am 3 comments

Jimmy Lai Chee-ying says he 'hasn't given one cent' to Occupy Central organisers

Apple Daily boss Jimmy Lai Chee-ying said the impending talks between student leaders and the government would re-energise the democracy movement.

9 Oct 2014 - 5:48pm 22 comments

Patten aides 'offered UK passport to Jimmy Lai'

Aides to the city's last governor Chris Patten allegedly offered Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying a British passport before the handover.

7 Oct 2014 - 4:02am 40 comments

Jimmy Lai aide the latest to visit ICAC

A top aide to Next Media founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying visited the headquarters of the anti-graft agency yesterday, as investigations continue into Lai's donations to pan-democrats.

20 Sep 2014 - 4:37am

Jimmy Lai visits ICAC headquarters 3 weeks after graft-busters raid his home

Jimmy Lai Chee-ying - boss of Next Media, Beijing critic and key donor to the pan-democratic camp - has paid a visit to the headquarters of the city's anti-graft agency.

18 Sep 2014 - 5:45pm 56 comments

Jimmy Lai aide denies he sought out lawmakers to speak at press freedom debate

A top aide to Next Media founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying yesterday denied he approached Labour Party lawmakers in an attempt to lobby them to speak in a Legislative Council debate on press freedom in January.

30 Aug 2014 - 4:53am 2 comments

Hackers stole documents from photocopier, says Next Media boss Jimmy Lai

Next Media founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying hit out at the "state-level" hacking that targeted him and also revealed that the hackers gained access to his photocopier.

29 Aug 2014 - 6:44pm 16 comments

‘It’s clear-cut political persecution’: Lawmaker slams ICAC’s visit to Jimmy Lai

Claudia Mo brands timing of incident 'suspicious', as Labour Party lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan says ICAC are probing link between donations and speech on press freedom.

28 Aug 2014 - 4:36pm 10 comments

ICAC raids media tycoon Jimmy Lai's home over donations to pan-democrats

Anti-corruption officers swooped on the Kowloon home of media mogul Jimmy Lai early this morning, with the tycoon's lawyer arriving on the doorstep a short time later.

29 Aug 2014 - 7:20am 104 comments

'I will clear my name': Lawmaker Claudia Mo submits files disputing claims of Jimmy Lai payments

Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo submitted records of her personal income for the financial year starting April 2012 and bank transfers related to campaign funds to the Legco Committee on Members' Interests yesterday.

9 Aug 2014 - 6:03pm 9 comments

Probe into 'hacking attack' on Next Media

Police are investigating a suspected computer hacking case in connection with the recent leaks of files and emails involving senior executives at Next Media.

7 Aug 2014 - 4:25am 2 comments

Jimmy Lai's top aide reveals his email accounts were hacked

A top aide of media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying has admitted his email accounts were hacked into, in the wake of leaked emails alleging his boss' support for pan-democrats.

6 Aug 2014 - 9:00am 5 comments

Jimmy Lai's 'close ties with US right-wing politicians' revealed in leaked email trove

Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying has maintained close ties with right-wing politicians in the United States, according to documents leaked to the media.

5 Aug 2014 - 11:18am 54 comments

Lawmakers To and Mo given HK$500,000 each by Jimmy Lai, leaked emails suggest

Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying allegedly gave HK$500,000 each to two pan-democratic lawmakers via his senior aide Mark Simon according to more leaked emails.

5 Aug 2014 - 5:32pm 3 comments

Media mogul Jimmy Lai ‘spent HK$3.5m on Occupy Central vote’, leaked emails show

Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying spent millions helping Occupy Central to hold its unofficial referendum in June, leaked emails show.

5 Aug 2014 - 4:19pm 80 comments