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1979 (age 38–39)|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Occupation||Founder of K11 and K11 Art Foundation, Executive Vice-Chairman of New World Development|
|Parent(s)||Henry Cheng (father)|
Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres|
Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree, SCAD
Honorary Fellowship, Lingnan University
ArtReview 2014 Power 100
Adrian Cheng Chi-kong (Chinese: 鄭志剛, born in 1979) is an entrepreneur from Hong Kong, the third generation heir to the Cheng Yu-tung family, which founded New World and Chow Tai Fook empire. He is the executive vice-chairman and general manager of New World Development, executive director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, and founder of K11. He is the eldest grandson of the late businessman Cheng Yu-tung . In 2017 he launched waterfront development project Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong.  Cheng was on 40 under 40 (Fortune magazine) list , and in 2017, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Family background and education
Born in 1979, Cheng is the grandson and designated heir to Cheng Yu-tung, whose holdings were worth an estimated US$16.6 billion shortly before his death in 2016, according to Forbes. Family holdings include the Chow Tai Fook jewellery chain and New World Development group.
Cheng majored in East Asian studies at Harvard University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree before going to Japan to study Japanese culture for a year. He also attended Taft School in Connecticut. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister.
Following a two-year stint at UBS AG Cheng joined the family business, becoming Executive Vice-Chairman at New World Development in 2015, the biggest part of the family’s private Chow Tai Fook Holdings empire. He also serves as an executive director and board member. Cheng introduced the concept of "museum-retail" by founding the K11 brand in 2008. Cheng's first K11 museum-retail mall opened in Tsim Sha Tsui (Hong Kong) in 2009, and later a branch was opened in Shanghai. K11 museum-retail shopping centers currently have branches in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuham. In 2017, Cheng founded the Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong. The development took 10 years planning and cost $2.6 billion.
He initiated collaborations between K11 Art Foundation and international museums and art institutions such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, showcasing Chinese artists.
The foundation also has an art village in Wuhan with studios help in the development of young Chinese artists. Cheng was included in ArtReview Power100 in 2014 (ranked number 100) and 2015 (ranked number 76).
- Board Director of the National Museum of China Foundation
- Director of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) Funds
- Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts
- Visiting Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Member of TATE’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee
- Member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou
- Board of directors, MoMA PS1
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