Kwok Tak-Seng

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Kwok Tak-Seng
Born (1911-03-12)March 12, 1911
Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Died October 30, 1990(1990-10-30) (aged 79)
Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
Other names Chinese: 郭得勝
Known for Sun Hung Kai Properties
Spouse(s) First: Wong Sau-king
Second: Kwong Siu-hing
Children Son: Walter, Thomas and Raymond
Daughter: Kwok Yin-ping, Kwok Yuen-kwan and Kwok Yuen-yee

Kwok Tak-Seng OBE (simplified Chinese: 郭得胜; traditional Chinese: 郭得勝; pinyin: Guō Déshèng; Jyutping: Kwok Tak1 Seng1) (March 12, 1911 – October 30, 1990) was a Chinese entrepreneur and the founder of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest property developer in Hong Kong.

Life[edit]

Kwok Tak-Seng was born in Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. He emigrated to Hong Kong after World War II. He partnered with Fung King Hey and Lee Shau Kee to establish Sun Hung Kai Properties in 1958.[1] SHK Properties was publicly listed in Hong Kong in 1972 and soon became one of the top companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by market capitalisation.[2]

Kwok married Kwong Siu-hing and the couple had three sons: Walter Kwok, Thomas Kwok and Raymond Kwok, all three of whom remain powerful business figures in Hong Kong.

He was appointed OBE in the 1986 Birthday Honours.

Succession[edit]

Kwok died of a heart attack on 30 October 1990 at the age of 79.[3] He was succeeded as chairman of Sun Hung Kai by his eldest son, Walter.[4] In 2008, after a very public intra-family tussle, his wife Kwong Siu-hing became chairman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Sun Hung Kai & Company
  2. ^ Profile of Sun Hung Kai Properties
  3. ^ Kwok Tak-seng, Executive 79
  4. ^ Management of Sun Hung Kai Properties