Chairman, Fortune Oil
An energy magnate and founder of international schools, Fortune Oil chairman Daniel Chiu focuses both on large-scale infrastructure projects and improving access to high-quality education in Asia
Daniel Chiu is the chairman of Hong Kong-based oil and gas supplier Fortune Oil. The company’s operations are concentrated in Mainland China, where it runs numerous major infrastructure projects, after becoming one of the first companies from outside the PRC to invest in its energy sector in the early 1990s. Through the company, he also owns a large stake in natural gas distributor and gas pipeline operator China Gas Holdings.
Chiu is equally well known, though, as an educational pioneer, bringing to Asia the Harrow International Schools, branches of the venerable north London educational institution dating back to 1572. Established for centuries as one of the UK’s leading schools, Harrow counts wartime premier Winston Churchill, poet Lord Byron and Indian independence leader Jawaharlal Nehru among its alumni.
The Hong Kong branch, the first international boarding school in the city, became in 2012 the first branch of a top-tier British educational establishment to open in the city. It has been followed by three others so far in Asia—in the Thai capital Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai—as well as several leadership academies and “Little Lions” early-years centres scattered throughout China.
Did You Know?
Harrow School has educated five monarchs from four nations.