Shanghai Tang's founder and beloved Hong Kong businessman Sir David Tang dies aged 63

Shanghai Tang's founder and beloved Hong Kong businessman Sir David Tang dies aged 63

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David Tang (left), owner of Shanghai Tang, showing the 28th and last Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten around his Central store back in 1995.
Photo: Frazer Dryden/SCMP

Hong Kong businessman Sir David Tang died last week, and many have expressed their sadness over the loss.

Tang, the founder of the fashion brand Shanghai Tang and a well-known public figure, died last Tuesday in London from liver cancer. He was 63.

Tang was born in Hong Kong and attended La Salle College. He was knighted in 2008 for his charity work in both Britain and Hong Kong. His grandfather, Tang Shiu-kin, received the same honour.


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He would famously talk about how he was sent off to school in Britain at the age of 13, when he hardly knew a word of English. He graduated with a philosophy degree and worked very hard to have a good English accent. He mixed with many famous people, including Britain’s late Princess Diana (the mother of princes William and Harry). He knew top model Kate Moss and once danced with the Queen. When he was asked how he knew so many famous people, Tang answered: “You mean how do they know me?”

Former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen expressed deep sadness at the loss of a “great friend” and “a man of immense dignity and grace”.

“Hong Kong has lost a hero,” Tsang said, adding that Tang had “died as a happy soul”.

Tang was the founding chairman of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Its founder and chief executive, Sally Lo, said: “He was tremendously talented, a modern-day renaissance man ... I know that his love of art, humour and life itself will be missed by many.”

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

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