Sally Aw

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Aw Sian
Chinese 胡仙

Aw Sian also known as Sally Aw, OBE, DStJ, JP, is a Hong Kong businesswoman and adopted daughter of the Burmese-Hakka Chinese entrepreneur and newspaper proprietor Aw Boon-haw. Sally Aw was nicknamed Tiger Balm Lady as well as Chinese Howard Hughes.[1]

In 1931, Aw Boon-haw and the second of his four wives adopted the five-year-old daughter of a distant relative from Burma, changing the girl's name from She Moi to Sian.[citation needed] Aw Boon-haw's third son Aw Hoe (Chinese: 胡好) was killed in a plane crash in 1951 and after his own death in 1954, Aw Sian, then 23, inherited the newspaper empire of Hong Kong, while other relatives inherited the empire in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Aw was known foremost as a media mogul, proprietor of the English language business newspaper The Standard and the Chinese language news group Sing Tao Holdings, including Sing Tao Daily and Sing Tao Wan Pao, founded by her foster father in 1938, as well as Express News (zh) (Chinese: 快報) she founded in 1963[2] and Tin Tin Daily News she owned via Sing Tao Holdings' listed subsidiary Culturecom Holdings (zh) (better known as its Hong Kong subsidiary Jademan Holdings)

Due to the Asian financial crisis and a corruption case in which she was named co-conspirator in 1998,[3]:132 Aw was forced to sell her media interests.

Aw had been a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Industry recognition[edit]

In 1988, she won the Carr Van Anda Award from the University of Ohio. The award, named for the former managing editor of the New York Times, is awarded yearly for journalism contributions.


  1. ^ Lee, Alan (31 May 1985). Written at Sydney. "Tiger Balm lady remains a puzzle". Business Times. Singapore. Retrieved 6 October 2017 – via Singapore National Library. 
  2. ^ 王, 賡武, ed. (2017). 香港史新編(增訂版) (in Chinese). 2 (1 ed.). Hong Kong: Joint Publishing. p. 596. ISBN 978-962-04-3885-1. Retrieved 14 October 2017 – via Google Book preview. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Kevin (December 2007). Tell Me a Story: Forty Years Newspapering in Hong Kong and China. SCMP Book Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9789621794000. 

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