Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie

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Lawrence Kadoorie, Baron Kadoorie, CBE (2 June 1899 in Hong Kong - 25 August 1993 in Hong Kong) was a famous industrialist, hotelier, and philanthropist. His father was Sir Elly Kadoorie, and his uncle, Sir Ellis Kadoorie. His family were originally Mizrahi Jews from Baghdad who later migrated to Bombay (Mumbai), India in the mid-eighteenth century. He was educated at Clifton College.

Graves of Lawrence Kadoorie and his wife, Muriel, in the Jewish Cemetery in Hong Kong

Kadoorie and his brother Sir Horace Kadoorie worked for Victor Sassoon during the 1920s and 1930s, and managed his famous Shanghai hotel. They also worked for their father the famous industrialist Sir Elly Kadoorie.

Kadoorie was made a CBE in 1970,[1] knighted in 1974[2] and created Baron Kadoorie, of Kowloon in Hong Kong and of the City of Westminster on 22 September 1981[3] for his philanthropic work throughout the UK and Hong Kong.[4]

Kadoorie and his brother, Horace, both received the Magsaysay Award for public service in 1962. They were also conferred Chev.Leg.Hon. by the French government.[4]

He also gave money to the Kahal Kadosh Mekor Haim (Holy Community Fountain of Life) in order to finish the construction of the Kadoorie Synagogue for the Anusim/Marranos in Oporto, Portugal.

Kadoorie was married to Muriel Gubbay, the daughter of Hebrew scholar David Sassoon Gubbay.[5] They had two children: a son, Michael Kadoorie (heir to the family business) and a daughter Rita.

He died in 1993 and is buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.[6] His widow, Muriel, died in Hong Kong on 5 December 2011.

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