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Nelson Chang

Hotel magnate Nelson Chang brings his vision of luxury to cities across Italy and Taiwan


Nelson Chang was appointed chairman of Taiwan Cement, an empire owned by his in-laws, after working 40 years at Hsin Cement Chia, a company founded by his own father. His true interests, however, lie in the hotel industry: The L’Hotel de Chine Group, a company he founded with his wife, Ruth Koo, in 2009, owns a collection of de Chine hotels, Chinatrust Hotels, FDC International Hotels, and a Hotel Pin. Its properties in Italy include A Roma Lifestyle Hotel, Palazzo Venart, Relais Sant’Uffizio, Relais Villa Monte Solare, Casa Munfre, and the newly opened Palazzo Portinari Salviati, a 15th century palace in Florence. Le Palais, the Chinese restaurant found at the Palais de Chine hotel in Taipei, has been awarded three Michelin stars for four consecutive years.

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An avid horseman, Nelson Chang filled the Palais de Chine hotel with horse sculptures and modern artwork that mashes up classical Chinese horse paintings with Napoleonic text.  

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