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 ImagesThe 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
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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 ImagesThe 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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