David Tang

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Sir David Tang
Born (1954-08-02) 2 August 1954 (age 62)
British Hong Kong
Alma mater King's College, London
Occupation Businessman

Sir David Tang, KBE (Chinese name: 鄧永鏘) (Cantonese pinyin: Tang6 Wing5 Cheung1; Mandarin pinyin: Dèng Yǒngqiāng) (born 2 August 1954) is a Hong Kong businessman and socialite who is best known as the founder of the Shanghai Tang fashion chain, which he sold in 2006 to Richemont.[1] Tang's grandfather, Tang Shiu Kin, "founded the Kowloon bus company and became one of Hong Kong's greatest philanthropists".[2]


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.[3] He then went to King's College London to read Philosophy and then Law.[4] In 1983–84, he taught at Peking University.[5][6]


Tang is the founder of the China Clubs (Hong Kong, Peking, and Singapore),[3] the Shanghai Tang stores,[5][7] Havana House and Pacific Cigar Company Ltd (the exclusive distributor for all Cuban cigars in Asia Pacific).[8] 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.[5]


Tang was promoted from OBE to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[7] He has also been honoured by the French Government as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1995).[9]

He also received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Art and Design at the Asian Awards in 2014.[10]

Other roles[edit]

Sir David is the Honorary Consul of Cuba in Hong Kong.[11][12] From time to time, he contributes articles for newspapers.[13]

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.

Recently David Tang founded a website, ICorrect.com, where celebrities can post fixes and refutations of incorrect information spreading over the internet.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "China's rising, and so should Chinese-style fashion, says designer...". AsiaOne. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "A Life in the Day: David Tang" The Sunday Times, 20 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, Emma (23 September 2010). "20 questions: Sir David Tang". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Things to do in Hong Kong – Find Out what to do in Hong Kong, including sports, festivals, and markets | Sir David Tang". Time Out. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Brief Biography of Tang, David". Reuters. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stock Quotes & Company News". Reuters. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Webster, Philip (29 December 2007). "Kylie Minogue and Michael Parkinson lead list...". The Times. London. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Pacific Cigar Company Limited – The Habanos S.A. Asia Pacific Exclusive Distributor". Pacificcigar.com. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sir David Tang: meet London's best-connected man who is friends with everyone from Kate Moss to Eric Schmidt". Evening Standard. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sir David Tang". theasianawards.com. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Protocol Division Government Secretariat – Cuba". Government of Hong Kong. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Protocol Division Government Secretariat". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  13. ^ David Tang (1 August 2012). "It is China's turn to eclipse America's power – Comment". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  14. ^ ICorrect – Setting the Record Straight

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