Gokul Laroia Morgan Stanley's co-CEO for the Asia-Pacific is counting down to Christmas with a spring in his step after his staff raised more than HK$3.3 million for Operation Santa Claus - beating the record sum they donated last year. For 18 years, Morgan Stanley has been a major donor to the charity drive, organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, with Laroia saying: "People try to be helpful. They like the cause … we feel very strongly about giving back." Barack Obama The grim face has been replaced by the easy confidence that helped propel him into office. After a bruising year, the US President is now celebrating on a number of fronts. The list of wins includes a series of foreign policy successes and some bold domestic initiatives such as his move to block the deportation of roughly four million undocumented immigrants, a new climate deal with China and the overhaul of the US relationship with Cuba within a single day. Joao Moreira The champion jockey took centre stage as he grabbed the Mile at the Longines Hong Kong International Races in front of 74,000 fans, declaring Able Friend the best horse he has ridden after arguably the greatest equine performance by a Hong Kong-trained horse in history. As the Post's own Michael Cox wrote, Moreira might have his careless riding issues at times, but he is a model citizen and a shining example for any professional athlete in terms of his behaviour.