I'm probably awake for about 18 hours a day. I normally get up between 6.30am and 7am and probably go to bed about 1am. The time I rise is dictated by wanting to see my son, Max, before he goes to school. He leaves the house about 7.30am, so we have half an hour of ... silence, sometimes. It depends on his mood; he's only 12 years old. I don't eat breakfast at that time. I'll have a cup of tea, put the television on for the financial news, read the newspapers and sometimes talk to my son; all at the same time. I don't do exercise at all. My good health is due to a combination of being a sound sleeper and having the ability to switch off from work at the end of the day. That comes from years of being a lawyer. You don't get to handle one particular case at a time. If you did, you'd probably find it difficult to make a living. So you are constantly going from one problem to another or from one case to another in a matter of a few hours. You constantly have to deal with many issues and problems. Being able to switch off is very important. What time I leave home in the morning depends on whether I've done any work the night before. I normally take a bag of papers home with me. If I'm not too tired, I'll do them that evening; otherwise I'll finish them in the morning. It's usually a variety of things. Some of it is legal work and some of it is Jockey Club work. Some of it could be my own personal paperwork. I have my own legal practice, which keeps me busy. I'm still heavily involved with my clients. If a client asks me to help I see to it personally. I would never delegate work to anybody else. You can't do that in business. I'm not involved in as many organisations as I used to be. I now sit on the board of probably half a dozen companies. I'm also on the Asia-Pacific regional advisory board for the International Award for Young People [formerly the Duke of Edinburgh's Award] and I'm flying to London tonight for a meeting. I'll leave home any time between 8am and 9am. A driver will pick me up or, if I finish my paperwork early, I'll drive myself. If I need to work I'll have lunch in the office. If I don't feel like having a sandwich, I'll go downstairs for a bowl of noodles at one of the fast-food places or I might go to the Hong Kong Club for a curry. Today, I'm having lunch at the Happy Valley Clubhouse, but it is not a Jockey Club lunch. It involves a very small investment bank, of which I am the chairman. Sometimes it will be two or three days of club functions in a row and sometimes nothing at all for two or three weeks. We entertained about 250 elderly volunteers on February 3. They had me dressed up as the God of Fortune and I was handing out lai see packets. I enjoy it because it gives people a bit of fun; a bit of a giggle. Do I have a sense of humour? Oh yes, totally. That's the only thing that can keep you going. You have to have a sense of humour in this life. I wore a paint-ball mask to last year's Louis Vuitton 150th anniversary party. One of my friends bet me I wouldn't step out wearing it. I won the bet. I don't know whether I'm expected to be present for every race day, but I enjoy being there. So, expected or not, I'm there. Obviously I'm expected to support racing to a certain level, but not to the extent it is mandatory. I attend a race whenever I'm in Hong Kong. We entertain a lot of foreign dignitaries. When they are in Hong Kong we will invite them to a race day. They always comment on how well run it is and how they would like an operation like it in their own country. Like anyone who loves horse racing, I was pleased to be asked to be chairman of the Jockey Club. But the real honour is being the head of an organisation that over the years has given billions of dollars to charity. There really is nothing else like it anywhere in the world. I've probably never owned so many horses in Hong Kong as I do now. Last year, the club changed the rules to allow syndicates to own a maximum of four horses. I'd call myself a lucky racehorse owner. You've got to be lucky to be successful. I can't complain. I get my share. One of my more successful horses is River Verdon, the winner of three major Hong Kong Triple Crown races in a single season [1993-94]. He is retired and living with friends in Melbourne, but I visit him from time to time. I try to keep one or two evenings free for the family: an evening where we can just chill out. It could be at home, a club or dinner with some friends. If I'm at home on my own I'll have a cigar and perhaps a glass of brandy. I do like a good cigar. For half a day over the weekend, I might be at the races. I also have about five or six hours of reading to do for work before Monday morning. I normally leave watching films or reading books until I'm on a plane. I like to read, but I find time is not always on my side. I'm now into my third year as chairman. I think four is probably the maximum you can do, otherwise you become a little bit stale and weary. I love skiing. Every year my wife, Johanna, Max and I always try to do a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year. We go to a little place in Colorado called Beaver Creek. I don't think I'm an accomplished skier because I was a late starter, but I can be quite aggressive. With these newfangled skis, it's like they teach you; they can ski for you. Four years ago, I dislocated my shoulder, cracked my ankle and was in a wheelchair for six weeks. But I was soon back on the slopes. Max will be a faster skier than me. Young boys have no fear. I haven't tried snowboarding, but for the past five years I've been threatening to try. Each time I have to ask myself, 'Why do I want a bruised forehead or a sore bottom?' This evening I'll probably finish in the office about 7pm, go home for dinner and then straight to the airport. I'll relax on the plane. I never think about retiring. As long as I am healthy enough, both physically and mentally, to be able to do things, slowing down would not be my first choice.