The former chairman of the Wheelock group, Peter Woo is passionate about helping underprivileged children


Peter Woo was the long-time head of Wheelock & Company and its principal subsidiary, The Wharf Holdings, until stepping down in 2015. Among the group’s holdings are Times Square and Harbour City in Hong Kong, while its many other holdings include: Marco Polo Hotels, i-Cable Communications, Wharf New T&T and the Lane Crawford department stores.

These days, Peter is heavily focused on his philanthropic initiative Project WeCan, which taps into the community of business professionals to help underprivileged children. A member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, he has been chairman of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, as well as chairman of the council of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and was the founding chairman of the Hong Kong Environment and Conservation Fund Committee.

He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2012. With his wife, Bessie, he has three children: Jacqueline, Jennifer and Douglas, the latter of whom has taken over the reins of the family companies.

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Wheelock has its origins in Shanghai Tug and Lighter, a company founder in 1857 in Shanghai by Captain Thomas Reed Wheelock.

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