|Spouse of Prime Minister of Singapore|
12 August 2004
|Prime Minister||Lee Hsien Loong|
|Preceded by||Tan Choo Leng|
|Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings|
|Political party||People's Action Party|
|Spouse(s)||Lee Hsien Loong (m. 1985)|
|Alma mater||National University of Singapore
Ho Ching (Chinese: 何晶; pinyin: Hé Jīng; Wade–Giles: Ho2 Ching1; Cantonese Yale: Hō Chìng) (born 1953) is the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings (since 2002) and the wife of the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. She is a Chinese Singaporean of Cantonese background.
Education and career
Ho graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1976 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical, First Class Honours) after completing her pre-university education at National Junior College where she emerged as a Student of the Year and was a President's Scholar. She graduated from Crescent Girls' School. She also holds a Master of Science (Electrical) from Stanford University, USA. In 1995, Ho was conferred the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore.
She is the eldest child of four children of retired businessman Ho Eng Hong and Chan Chiew Ping. In 17 December 1985, she married Lee Hsien Loong, who later became Singapore's third Prime Minister in August 2004.
She began her career as an engineer with the Ministry of Defence. In 1987, she joined the ST Engineering as Deputy Director of Engineering, and became its President and Chief Executive Officer before retiring in 2001. She later joined Temasek Holdings in May 2002.
In 2006, Fortune magazine remarked that Ho had made "a spectacular misjudgment" in the purchase of Shin Corp shares. Since then, "Shin shares have fallen 43% since the deal was signed, and Temasek will now endure a potentially embarrassing probe by the new regime into Thaksin's finances that threatens asset seizures, deal cancellation, and large fines." 
Similarly in 2007, business magazine Forbes ranked her third in its annual list of the world's most powerful women, leap-frogging a rank ahead of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and falling short behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and China's Vice-Premier Wu Yi. Ho Ching was ranked 36th in the same list the previous year. In 2008 she was ranked 8th. In 2009, she was ranked 5th.
On 6 February 2009, Temasek Holdings announced that Ho Ching will be stepping down as CEO and Charles W. Goodyear will replace Ho as Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2009. Goodyear, 51, an American, joined the Temasek Board on 1 February. He assumes the position of CEO-Designate on 1 March. Ho has expressed "no regrets" for her time as CEO. Temasek Chairman S Dhanabalan also mentioned that Ho's resignation has nothing to do with her performance.
On 21 July 2009, the Temasek Board and Goodyear announced that they had mutually agreed that he would not be taking over as CEO, citing differences in opinions on strategy.
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- "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. (2009 List)
- "Temasek Holdings Appoints Charles W. Goodyear as Member of the Board and CEO-Designate". 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "Temasek Holdings and Charles W. Goodyear mutually agree not to proceed with CEO appointment". Temasek Holdings. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "Most Influential 50 in Global Finance List: Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg News. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "Ho Ching, 27 of 52" (Slide show). Businessweek. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "Ho Ching". Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. August 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-15.