1. Carrie Lam
WHY HER? She became Hong Kong’s first female chief executive last year, the highest office in the region. Carrie first stepped into the public eye in 2007 when she became Secretary for Development.
OUT OF THE OFFICE When she’s not busy running the government, Carrie is a long-term supporter of the creative industries in Hong Kong and enjoys learning about what fashion designers, product designers and architects are up to in the city.
2. Pansy Ho
WHY HER? Pansy is group executive chairman and managing director of Shun Tak Holdings, which is involved in transportation, property, hospitality and investments, and is co-chairperson and executive director of MGM China Holdings. In early 2018, Pansy opened MGM Cotai, a 35-storey, 1,390-room hotel-casino just off Macau’s Cotai Strip.
OUT OF OFFICE As if she didn’t already have enough on her plate, Pansy is a dedicated philanthropist and is the driving force behind the annual amfAR Gala Hong Kong.
3. Sonia Cheng
WHY HER? Sonia is CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and has led a US$1 billion expansion of the brand, opening new properties last year in locations such as Sanya and Phuket and renovating heritage premises such as Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. Rosewood Hong Kong is due to open later this year.
FAMILY TIES Sonia is the granddaughter of the late New World Group and Chow Tai Fook tycoon Cheng Yu-tung. Her brother, Adrian, now runs these businesses.
4. Bonnie Chan-Woo
WHY HER? Marketing maven Bonnie advises and collaborates with some of the biggest companies in the world. She’s chairperson, CEO and executive director of Icicle Group, a marketing and branding company that has worked with everyone from global financial institutions such as Citibank to luxury brands—La Prairie, Lane Crawford and Salvatore Ferragamo among them. Icicle went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in December last year.
SIDE HUSTLE Bonnie recently partnered with American rapper and record producer Lupe Fiasco to launch Studio SV, a Hong Kong-based entertainment studio dedicated to producing TV programmes, digital content and films for a global audience.
5. Marjorie Yang
WHY HER? Marjorie is chairman of Esquel Group, the world’s largest shirt-maker. The company manufactures clothes for brands ranging from high-end Ralph Lauren to activewear label Nike, generating annual revenue of more than US$1 billion. In 2017 she became the first woman to be appointed to represent Hong Kong at the APEC Business Advisory Council.
FAMILY TIES Marjorie’s daughter, Dee Poon, has joined the family business and is now managing director of brands and distribution.