Knights Bachelor

Earning his stripes

Paul Smith in his office in Covent Garden, London. Photos: Gino Sprio/eyevine; Rex Features

A 'normal guy' from Nottingham, Paul Smith has built his fashion empire with quiet dignity and an all-seeing eye. Jing Zhang reports.

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 9:42am 1 comment

Joanna Hotung: The child educator with a passion for creative arts

Joanna Hotung built up her business from humble beginnings in a small room with a couple of children

You only need to be around Joanna Hotung for a few minutes to realise her enthusiasm for whatever she is undertaking. Whether discussing her work with children in the creative arts or bringing awareness of juvenile diabetes to the fore, her energy and passion is apparent.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Richard Rogers

FAREWELL TO FLORENCE I found the first half of my life much more difficult than the second half. My parents were Italian, my mother was a potter from Trieste, and I was born in Florence.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The house of Ho

'I would call it all second to garbage,' says Robert Ho Hung-ngai, with a self-deprecating laugh, after an hour recollecting his life.

The journalist-cum-philanthropist, who turns 80 this year, belongs to the third generation of the Hotung family, the Eurasian clan that has left its mark many times over in the history of Hong Kong and, for a period, the mainland.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Manny Pacquiao

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Foundation's last-ditch effort to save Ho Tung Gardens

A foundation backed by a nephew of the owner of Ho Tung Gardens is making a last-ditch effort to save the heritage site before the end of the government's term.

Heritage Hong Kong Foundation submitted a research report to the government two weeks ago, its chairwoman, Margaret Brooke, said.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Collusion bad for HK, says philanthropist

A leading member of one of Hong Kong's most famous families says the city is becoming ungovernable owing to greed and government-business collusion and that it's an open question whether the new administration will make a difference.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A humble servant

Few of Hong Kong's most prominent families and clans play themselves down as much as the Ho Tungs.

'You should not focus on me,' says Robert Ho Yau-chung, great-grandson of late tycoon Robert Ho Tung, once the city's richest man, and also the eldest son of Robert Ho Hung-ngai, who founded the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation in 2005.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Old townhouses razed to clear site for apartments

Two decades-old Chinese-style townhouses in Mid-Levels, owned by banker David Li Kwok-po and his uncles, have been demolished despite their grade two historic listing.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Proposal to save mansion rejected

The government is making a last-ditch effort to persuade the owner of Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak to keep at least the facade of the historic mansion.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Lost cause

Ho Tung Gardens, the interwar house and garden complex on The Peak, has been the subject of temporary protection orders, conservation proposals and ill-informed public rhetoric for more than a year. Sadly, it now seems inevitable that redevelopment will proceed.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Last ditch plea for Ho Tung Gardens

Few of us were aware of Ho Tung Gardens until the prospect arose last year of the historic mansion on The Peak being torn down for redevelopment. That possibility is imminent now that the government has let a deadline for its preservation as a monument pass. Little now stands in the way of owner Ho Min-kwan going ahead with plans to bulldoze the estate to make way for 10 houses.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mansion demolition fears mount

The demolition of historic Ho Tung Gardens could begin in a month, heritage experts fear, after a one-year protection order on the mansion on The Peak expires today without further action from the government.

The administration had been expected to declare the building a monument, and its failure to do so left one government heritage adviser shocked.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ho Tung Gardens owner adamant

A legal battle looms as the owner of Ho Tung Gardens says she is determined to demolish her family home even as the government is set to declare it a monument.

Ho Min-kwan, the granddaughter of the late tycoon Robert Hotung, said her only wish all along had been to continue to live on the site and replace the old house with 10 new ones.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler Random House (e-book)

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am