|Sir David Tang|
August 2, 1954 |
Sir David Tang, KBE (Chinese name: 鄧永鏘) (Cantonese pinyin: Tang Wing Cheung; Mandarin pinyin: Dèng Yǒngqiāng) (born 2 August 1954) is a Hong Kong businessman and socialite best known as the founder of the Shanghai Tang fashion chain, which he sold in 2006 to Richemont. Tang's grandfather "founded the Kowloon bus company and became one of Hong Kong’s greatest philanthropists".
Following his primary education at La Salle Primary School, Tang was sent to The Perse School, Cambridge, aged 13, hardly being able to speak a word of English. He went up to King's College London to read Philosophy and then Law. Tang also has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from California State University Long Beach and a master's degree in Business from California State University at Fullerton. In 1983–84, he taught at Peking University.
Tang is the founder of the China Clubs (Hong Kong, Peking, and Singapore), the Shanghai Tang stores, Havana House and Pacific Cigar Company Ltd (the exclusive distributor for all Cuban cigars in Asia Pacific). More recently Tang opened the Cipriani in Hong Kong and the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Tang is also a director and advisor to a number of boards, including Tommy Hilfiger.
OBE and Chevalier
Tang was promoted from OBE to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. He has also been honoured by the French Government as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1995).
Tang was invited to provide a weekly English column for the Chinese-language Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily. A selection of his articles has been published in a book An Apple a Week (published July, 2006). He also contributes an "agony uncle" column to the weekend Financial Times, in which he responds to readers' social dilemmas invariably in a satirical way.
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- David Tang (2012-08-01). "It is China’s turn to eclipse America’s power - Comment - London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-15.