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Hong Kong Shipping Tycoon George Chao Passes Away

Hong Kong Shipping Tycoon George Chao Passes Away
Danny Gill

George Chao Sze-kwong, 76, chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, and the second generation of the Chao family shipping empire, recently passed away after battling with illness for many years.

The youngest son of Wah Kwong founder T Y Chao, Mr. Chao joined the company in the mid-1960s and focused on the commercial and financial aspects of the company where he built up strong relationships that the company maintains to this day. Wah Kwong is a founding member of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA). As with most other founding members, the company’s heritage can be traced back to the mainland.

The Chao family represents one of the most prominent of Hong Kong’s shipping dynasties. George’s eldest daughter, Sabrina, took over the running of the company in January 2013, and is now also the chairman of HKSOA. Sabrina was also voted to Forbes most recent list of Asia’s 2016 Power Business Women. She will continue her role as leader of Wah Kwong after her father’s passing away.
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Danny Gill

Danny is currently a Contributing Writer for Airfreight Logistics and Logistics Manager (LM) and is quite the foodie. He’s always on the hunt for new and exciting dishes to sample, and is never one to back down from a spicy challenge. His travels have taken him around the world, and he’s been able to experience many different cultures (and food).

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