Terrific Teamwork charles and simon chan
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.