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Pansy Ho Chiu-king
Traditional Chinese 何超瓊
Simplified Chinese 何超琼

Pansy Ho Chiu-king (born 1962) is the daughter of Hong Kong and Macau-based businessman Stanley Ho, and the managing director of various companies he founded, including Shun Tak Holdings and the Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau.[1][2]

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Personal life

Ho graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in marketing and business.[2] She married Julian Hui, son of shipping magnate Hui Sai-fun, in 1991; the marriage lasted nine years.[3] Late in their marriage, both began seeing other people; Ho entered into a relationship with Gilbert Yeung, the son of her father's hospitality and entertainment industry competitor Albert Yeung. However, Gilbert Yeung's arrest for drug possession in August 2000 at Ho's birthday party focused unwanted media attention on Ho and her relationship with him; Ho's father also made comments in interviews threatening to disown her if she married him. This led to the end of Ho's relationship with Yeung, and also the public announcement that she and Hui would be seeking a divorce.[4][5]

Career

In 1981, Ho began a brief career in the Hong Kong entertainment industry, appearing with actor Danny Chan, who himself had then just been in the industry for two years, in the TVB series Breakthrough (突破).[6][7] Later, at age 26, she would launch her own public relations firm.[1] She also supported her sister Josie Ho's efforts to establish her own singing career in the early 1990s over the objection of their father.[8]

Ho owns 50% of the MGM Grand Macau, an association which has proven controversial for business partner MGM Mirage. Nevada's Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission held extensive hearings in March 2007 on the matter of MGM's partnership with Ho, after which they found that she was a suitable business partner.[9] However, in March 2010, she was barred from running a gaming business in New Jersey due to state gaming regulators' conclusion that her father has "extensive ties" to organised crime, and MGM Mirage was ordered to "disengage itself from any business association" with her.[9][10]

Other activities

Ho serves as chairwoman of the French Macao Business Association.[11] Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island awarded her an honorary doctorate of business administration in May 2007.[12] In April 2009, she was named Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite in a ceremony at the French consulate-general of Hong Kong.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b Cottrell, Christopher (2008-03-12), "The Macao maven - China's Power Women", China International Business, http://www.cibmagazine.com.cn/Features/Focus.asp?id=335&the_macao_maven_-_china__39_s_power_women.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  2. ^ a b Ruwitch, John (2008-01-27), "Pansy Ho in the spotlight after opening the $1.25 billion MGM Grand in Macao", New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/business/worldbusiness/27iht-move.1.9521757.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  3. ^ "Michelle marries Julian", The Star, 2007-09-02, http://www.star-ecentral.com/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/2/movies/18710010&sec=movies, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  4. ^ "A Split in the Family", CNN AsiaWeek, 2000-09-15, http://www.cnn.com/ASIANOW/asiaweek/magazine/2000/0915/as.people.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  5. ^ "杨其龙与两女友何超琼 MaggieQ锵锵三人行", Sina News, 2002-02-04, http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/h/2002-02-04/72037.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  6. ^ "赌王家事:强悍的二房子女", Sing Tao, 2009-09-27, http://www.stnn.cc/celeb/200909/t20090903_1115434.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  7. ^ "何超瓊憶陳百強長氣愛傾心事", Ming Pao, 2009-09-20, http://hk.music.yahoo.com/magazine-news-article.html?uid=667596, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  8. ^ Seno, Alexandra A. (2008-01-08), "Josie Ho: Tracking a star, from Hong Kong to Sundance", The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/arts/08iht-ho.1.9076171.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  9. ^ a b Stutz, Howard (2009-05-20), "Gambling Beyond Nevada: New Jersey regulators say MGM partner is unsuitable; daughter of Hong Kong billionaire Stanley Ho owns 50% of MGM Grand Macau", Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com/business/45462797.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  10. ^ "N.J. Says Casino Magnate Has Mob Ties in China", The New York Times, 2010-03-17, http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/03/17/business/AP-US-MGM-Mirage-Pansy-Ho.html?_r=1, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  11. ^ a b Pansy Ho, Knight of L’Ordre National du Mérite, Hong Kong: Consulate-General of France, 2009-04-14, http://www.consulfrance-hongkong.org/spip.php?article2964, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  12. ^ "Johnson & Wales graduation this week", Providence Journal, 2007-05-16, http://www.projo.com/news/content/J_W16_05-16-07_985L6OL.35604e8.html, retrieved 2010-03-19 
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