The Cathay Hotel in Shanghai built by Victor Sassoon, part of a powerful Jewish dynasty. The Kadoories, another Jewish dynasty, invested heavily in Hong Kong, where they built The Peninsula hotel, as well as in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images
The Cathay Hotel in Shanghai built by Victor Sassoon, part of a powerful Jewish dynasty. The Kadoories, another Jewish dynasty, invested heavily in Hong Kong, where they built The Peninsula hotel, as well as in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images

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The Last Kings of Shanghai is a history of the Sassoons and Kadoories, two powerful Jewish families who helped shape China

  • Both the Sassoon and Kadoorie families were hugely successful in business, first in India, then in Shanghai and Hong Kong, as Jonathan Kaufman vividly recounts
  • While Elly Kadoorie invested smartly in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Sassoon money reshaped the latter’s skyline. As war loomed, only one family made the right call

The Cathay Hotel in Shanghai built by Victor Sassoon, part of a powerful Jewish dynasty. The Kadoories, another Jewish dynasty, invested heavily in Hong Kong, where they built The Peninsula hotel, as well as in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images
The Cathay Hotel in Shanghai built by Victor Sassoon, part of a powerful Jewish dynasty. The Kadoories, another Jewish dynasty, invested heavily in Hong Kong, where they built The Peninsula hotel, as well as in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images
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