Johnny Hon

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Dr. Johnny Hon
韓世灝博士
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Personal details
Born (1971-12-22) 22 December 1971 (age 45)
Nationality Chinese (Hong Kong)
Children Cecilia Yan-Tung Hon (Daughter) Jacqueline Yan-Ching Hon (Daughter) Rachel Yan-Ling Hon (Daughter) Sabrina Yan-Yiu Hon (Daughter)
Alma mater King's College London
Hughes Hall, Cambridge
Profession Entrepreneur
Johnny Hon
Traditional Chinese 韓世灝
Simplified Chinese 韩世灏

Johnny Sei-Hoe Hon (born 22 December 1971) is a Hong Kong born international businessman and founder of the Global Group. He set up the Global Group of Companies after becoming a qualified financial adviser at ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong.

In addition to his business activities, Dr Johnny Hon has also pursued a wide range of philanthropic, diplomatic and political projects.

Personal Background[edit]

Early Life and Family[edit]

Hon was born in Hong Kong on 22 December 1971 to Hon Tak Sun (Father) and Wong Ling, Betty (Mother), the eldest of two sons. In 1985, he attended Uppingham School in the United Kingdom to study. In 1993, he graduated from King's College London and went on to Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Psychiatry. Dr. Hon also holds postgraduate qualifications from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and from Harvard University.

Dr. Hon has four daughters, Cecilia Yan-Tung Hon, Jacqueline Yan-Ching Hon, Rachel Yan-Ling Hon, and Sabrina Yan-Yiu Hon.

Career[edit]

Dr Johnny Hon began his career in private banking at ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong. Following this, he launched Global Group International Holdings Ltd in 1997. Global Group is now an international venture capital and angel investment company with interests ranging across a variety of business sectors including banking, property development, financial services, education, media, entertainment, gaming and telecoms.

Current Business Appointments[edit]

Founder Chairman, Global Group International Holdings Ltd. (Hong Kong) – 2008+

Executive Chairman, Global Group Capital Management Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2009+ [1]

Senior Consultant, Broad Homes Industrial International Co., Limited (Hong Kong) – 2014+

Vice Chairman, Sotheby's International Realty (United Kingdom) – 2014+

Senior Consultant, Spyker N.V. (Netherlands) – 2014+

Executive Chairman, Gate Ventures plc (United Kingdom) – 2015+

Executive Chairman, Global Group Films Limited (Hong Kong) – 2015+

Director, Infinity Creative Media Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2015+

Executive Chairman, Global Group Entertainment Limited (Hong Kong) – 2015

Executive Chairman, Gate Reality Ltd. (United Kingdom) – 2016 [2]

Co-Chairman, Mann Bioinvest Limited (Isle of Man) - 2016 [3]

Advisory Board Member, Rise Art Ltd. (United Kingdom) - 2016 [4]

Senior Consultant, MX Oil plc (United Kingdom) - 2016

President, SportsSideKick Limited (United Kingdom) – 2017 [5]

Founder Chairman, Global Group Sports Investment Limited (Hong Kong) – 2017

Media and Entertainment[edit]

Dr Hon is an active investor in media and entertainment that was recently described as an ‘Asian Media Mogul’.[6] He has acted as Executive Producer for various international film projects and has worked with leading directors such as Oliver Stone, Derek Yee and Gong Ying Tian.

Dr Hon has more recently become involved in the Theatre business. He is acting as the Executive Producer of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close at the West End’s London Coliseum in May 2016.[7] He has also been announced as the Executive Producer of 42nd Street, opening in London's West End in March 2017. [8]

Media Projects[edit]

  • Executive Producer of the film Protégé, starring Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo and Anita Yuen, and directed by Derek Yee (Hong Kong) – 2006-07
  • Executive Producer of the drama TV series Da Ren Wu, starring Nicholas Tse, Angelica Lee and Tamia Liu (PRC) – 2006-07[9]
  • Executive Producer of the film Crazy Lottery, starring Li Yi Xiang and Ding Liu Yuan, and directed by Gong Ying Tian (PRC) – 2007
  • Executive Producer of the drama TV series As Time Goes By, starring Jiang Wen, Liu Xiaoqing and Annie Yi (PRC) – 2007-08
  • Executive Producer of the film The Coffin, starring Karen Mok, Ananda Everingham, Andrew Lin and Aki Shibuya, and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Hong Kong/Thailand) – 2008
  • Executive Producer of the film W., starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton and James Cromwell, and directed by Oliver Stone (USA) – 2008[10]
  • Deputy Director of the Editorial Committee of Go North, published by Economic Information Agency (Hong Kong) – 2009
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of Kim Jong Il Encyclopaedia, published by the International Institute of Juche Idea (DPR Korea) – 2010-11
  • Associate Producer of the film Una Noche, starring Dariel Arrechaga, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nuñez Florian, and directed by Lucy Mulloy (UK/Cuba) – 2006-12
  • Executive Producer of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close, at the London Coliseum Theatre (United Kingdom) - 2015-16
  • Executive Producer of the West End revival of "42nd Street" at the Theatre Royal (London), Drury Lane (United Kingdom) - 2016[11]

Public Life[edit]

Dr. Johnny Hon with President Hu Jintao, November 2005.
Dr. Johnny Hon with Premier Wen Jiabao, September 2006.
Dr. Johnny Hon with The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister, May 2006.

Dr Hon has taken part in various philanthropic, diplomatic and political projects.[12] He is a Fellow and Diamond Benefactor of the Duke of Edinburgh Award World Fellowship, a Founder Benefactor of Asia House and Vice President of the 48 Group Club.[13] Dr Hon’s company, Global Group, is also the patron of a number of education funds and scholarships, including for University of Oxford and Peking University. These scholarships are designed to provide educational opportunities for Chinese students.

In July 2015, he was awarded with the Medal of Honour from the Government of Hong Kong SAR for his contributions to the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon.[14]

He also holds various political advisory roles. He is a member of the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the Yunfu City Committee of the CPPC . Dr Hon holds official positions within four governments and holds the position of Ambassador-at-Large for Grenada.

Government Appointments[edit]

Major Public Achievements[edit]

  • Standing Committee Member of the Jilin Youth Federation (PRC) – 2008-12
  • Vice-President, Changchun Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2008+
  • Standing Committee Member of the Sichuan Youth Federation (PRC) – 2009+
  • Executive Committee Member, Xi’an Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2009+
  • Standing Committee Member of the Qinghai Youth Federation (PRC) – 2010-2014
  • Standing Committee Member of the Qinghai Youth Federation (PRC) – 2010+
  • Committee Member, Zhejiang Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2010+
  • President, Rotary E-Club of District 3450 (Hong Kong) – 2010/11
  • Vice-President, Heilongjiang Chinese Overseas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2010+
  • Chairman of the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon (Hong Kong) – 2013/14
  • Vice-President, Liaoning Chinese Overeas Friendship Association (PRC) – 2013+
  • Honorary President, Yunfu Chinese Overeas Association (PRC) – 2013+

Educational Appointments[edit]

Appointments and Titles[edit]

Dr. Johnny Hon with HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, June 2004.
Dr. Johnny Hon with The Rt. Hon. Baroness Thatcher, June 2006.
Honours ceremony in Hong Kong 2015

Honours[edit]

  • Knight of the Order of the Star of Anjouan (Unio of Comoros) – 2005
  • The Friendship Order Class 1 (DPP Korea) – 2007
  • The Order of the Medal of Honour (Hong Kong) – 2015
  • Medal of Honor, The Sovereign Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta) – 2016

Awards[edit]

  • Peking University Educational Contribution Award (PRC) – 2007
  • Capital Leaders of Excellence Award (Hong Kong) – 2007
  • Citation from the Prime Minister for services to the nation (Grenada) – 2009
  • Proposal of the Year (2014) of the Yunfu Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (PRC) – 2015

Publications[edit]

  • Hon, J., Huppert, F.A., Holland, A.J. and Watson, P. (1998) The value of the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (Children's Version) in an epidemiological study of adults with Down's syndrome. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37: 15-29
  • Holland, A.J., Hon, J., Huppert, F.A., Stevens, F. and Watson, P. (1998) A population-based study of the prevalence and presentation of dementia in adults with Down's syndrome. British Journal of Psychiatry, 172: 493-498
  • Hon, J., Holland, A.J., Huppert, F.A. and Watson, P. (1999) Neuropsychological assessment of older adults with Down's syndrome: an epidemiological study using the Cambridge Cognitive Examination (CAMCOG). British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 38: 155-165
  • Rubinzstein, D., Hon, J., Stevens, F., Pyrah, L., Tysoe, C., Huppert, F.A., Easton, D.F. and Holland, A.J. (1999) ApoE genotype and risk of dementia in Down's syndrome. Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 88B (4): 344-347
  • Holland, A.J., Hon, J., Huppert, F.A., Stevens, F. and Watson, P. (2000) The incidence and course of dementia in people with Down's syndrome: Findings from a population-based study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 44 (2): 138-146
  • Ball, S.L., Holland, A.J., Huppert, F.A., Treppner, P., Watson, P. and Hon, J. (2004) The modified CAMDEX informant interview is a valid and reliable tool for use in the diagnosis of dementia in adults with Down's syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 48 (6): 611-620
  • Ball, S.L., Holland, A.J., Hon, J., Huppert, F.A., Treppner, P. and Watson, P. (2006) Personality and behaviour changes mark the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down’s syndrome: findings from a prospective population-based study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21 (7): 661-673
  • Landt, J., Ball, S.L., Holland, A.J., Hon, J., Owen, A., Treppner, P. and Herbert, J. (2011) Age-Related Changes in Plasma Dehydroepiandrosterone Levels in Adults with Down's Syndrome and the Risk of Dementia. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 23 (5): 450-455

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