‘So, just stay put when the go­ing gets rough’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HK | BUSINESS - By DUAN TING in Hong Kong tingduan@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Pollyanna Chu Li Yuet-wah, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hong Konglisted Kingston Fi­nan­cial Group, was named by Forbes in Jan­uary as Hong Kong’s rich­est woman and the SAR’s 14 th wealth­i­est in­di­vid­ual, with her per­sonal net worth hav­ing tripled in the past two years to $4.8 bil­lion.

What is it like sit­ting on such a vast for­tune that’s prob­a­bly too far-fetched for al­most any­one to at­tain in his or her life­time?

The mod­est, 59-year-old en­tre­pre­neur says she’s hum­bled by the honor. “I’m just grate­ful for it,” adding there might be other peo­ple who are much richer and have yet to be rec­og­nized, and this has en­cour­aged her to think about how to im­prove the com­pany’s busi­ness in fu­ture.

Rem­i­nisc­ing about how her ef­forts have paid off in see­ing Kingston Fi­nan­cial grow, Chu says that be­sides hard work, it’s im­por­tant to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mar­ket, stand still while the mar­ket is low and get set to bounce back when the time comes plus, of course, a bit of luck.

Be­sides her hec­tic busi­ness life, Chu wears many hats — in the po­lit­i­cal, aca­demic, so­cial and char­ity spheres. Among her galaxy of roles, she’s a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, the na­tion’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body; sits on the Sun Yat-sen Univer­sity ad­vi­sory board, and had served as vice-chair­man and di­rec­tor of the Po Le­ung Kuk — Hong Kong’s largest char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing sup­port for or­phaned chil­dren and other wel­fare, educational, cul­tural and recre­ational ser­vices.

“My life is very sim­ple. Most of the time, I’m im­mersed in work, the com­mu­nity and networking. For leisure, I en­joy hik­ing, travel and eat­ing. I hope to spend more time with my fam­ily in the near fu­ture.”

Be­ing dili­gent, Chu says, is one of the younger gen­er­a­tion’s big­gest at­tributes. For the fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try, espe­cially, be­ing a rolling stone is a set­back and she would give them a “dis­count” for do­ing so.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

Kingston Fi­nan­cial Group CEO Pollyanna Chu Li Yuet-wah says she still leads a sim­ple life­style de­spite her enor­mous wealth, and rel­ishes her work, as well as serv­ing Hong Kong’s com­mu­nity. Pollyanna Chu Li Yuet-wah, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Kingston Fi­nan­cial Group Ltd

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