Ter­rific Team­work charles and si­mon chan

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

as twins, Charles and Si­mon Chan were born only three min­utes apart. While it’s com­mon for sib­lings to at­tend the same kinder­garten, ele­men­tary and sec­ondary school, Charles and Si­mon went one step fur­ther—and stud­ied at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia (USC) to­gether.

their time at USC shone a new light on their re­la­tion­ship. “We were both in col­lege dur­ing the 1992 La ri­ots. Peo­ple were loot­ing and fight­ing, and many were car­ry­ing firearms,” re­calls Si­mon. “We were at home, but it got worse and we made the de­ci­sion to drive to a friend’s house in Monterey Park, the safest dis­trict dur­ing the ri­ots.” Charles says, “It was hor­ri­fy­ing to see all the fires, lis­ten­ing to what was hap­pen­ing on the ra­dio. We were both re­ally scared. While I was driv­ing, Si­mon did all the nav­i­gat­ing to find the safest route.”

that day, the twins learned they could work closely un­der any cir­cum­stances, paving the way for their busi­ness part­ner­ship in man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany vim­champ Gar­ments. “I know ev­ery­thing about him and he knows ev­ery­thing about me. We are best friends, won­der­ful busi­ness part­ners and, most im­por­tantly, we are fam­ily,” says Charles.

the twins also sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to­gether and do­nate full schol­ar­ships to a four-year univer­sity pro­gramme for un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents in south­ern China, in ad­di­tion to serv­ing as school man­agers for yan Chai hos­pi­tal Chan Iu Seng Pri­mary School in tse­ung Kwan o. “It can be hard for sib­lings to work to­gether, but we make a good team. We know we can over­come any­thing to­gether,” says Si­mon.

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