Founder, Como Hotels, Club 21
Fashion doyenne, hotelier and retail tycoon with a large portfolio of companies
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 the high-end boutique Club 21 in Singapore in 1972, at the 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. Luxury boutique hotel brand Como Hotels and Resorts operates 14 properties in Bhutan, Indonesia, Italy, Australia, Thailand, the Maldives, the UK, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Ong lent her magic touch, too, to Singapore’s Dempsey Hill enclave, reinventing the locale with Como Dempsey. The lifestyle destination incorporates, 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. This year, Club 21 celebrates its 50th anniversary in Singapore.
Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame
Meritorious Service Medal
Italian Fashion Hall of Fame Award
Cavaliere del Lavoro
Did You Know?
Thanks to the number of properties Christina Ong owns on Bond Street in London, she is sometimes called the “Queen of Bond Street”.