F&B & Hospitality

Christina Ong

Fashion doyenne, retail tycoon and hotelier

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Christina Ong is the wife of hotel and property magnate Ong Beng Seng. She is an accomplished and highly successful businesswoman in her own right; Ong owns the Como Group, which operates Como Hotels and Resorts, fashion retailer Club 21, holistic wellness brand Como Shambhala and philanthropic organisation Como Foundation.

Ong founded high-end boutique Club 21 in Singapore in 1972, at the tender age of 24. Today, it manages close to 400 stores across Asia carrying more than 250 brands, including Alexander Wang, CK Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake and Rick Owens. She also runs luxury boutique hotel brand Como Hotels and Resorts, which operates 14 properties in Bhutan, Indonesia, Italy, Perth, Thailand, the Maldives, the UK, and Turks and Caicos.

Ong lent her magic touch, too, to Singapore’s Dempsey Hill enclave, reinventing the locale with Como Dempsey, a lifestyle destination incorporating, among others, the Jean‑Georges Vongerichten-backed The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut, Culina supermarket, Dover Street Market Singapore and luxury children’s fashion boutique Kids 21.

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Thanks to the number of properties Ong owns on Bond Street in London, she is sometimes called the “Queen of Bond Street”.

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