Six months, 19 panellists, hundreds of contenders, 30 judging meetings, a bin full of discarded biogs, endless tubes of Pringles and a Donald Trump stress ball—that’s what it took to compile this year’s Generation T list.
Published in the Generation T guide accompanying this issue and on hk.asiatatler.com, the list reveals the 50 game changers under 40 who are shaping Hong Kong.
It was a long and intense process, with some heated moments and a fair few arguments—mostly over whose turn it was to squeeze Trump’s tangerine head—but when I look at our Gen T Class of 2017, I have to admit I feel something close to motherly pride.
Because we, the Generation T judging team—helmed by Gen T head honcho Tamara Lamunière and including Hong Kong Tatler editors and industry experts—birthed a who’s who list that truly celebrates our city’s remarkable young people.
From 32-year-old May Chow, who was named Best Female Chef on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2017, to Chun Wong, 29, who’s been hailed as the next Wong Kar-wai for his awardwinning film Mad World, and 25-year-old Terence Kwok who may soon give Hong Kong its first US$1 billion start-up “unicorn” with his hospitality tech company Tink Labs—these high achievers look set to be future leaders, and I certainly sleep easier knowing the future of our city is in their hands.
Sadly we couldn’t squeeze them all onto our cover, but we did manage to tempt 10 of them to a Chai Wan photo studio during a black rainstorm. The result is these two cool group shots, which rock the front pages of our special double-cover Generation T issue. Associate editor Marianna Cerini went behind the scenes at the shoot to chat with these bright young entrepreneurs. Read her story on page 114.
Future Leaders From left: Luke Grana, Danny Yeung, Peggy Chan, Elaine Yan Ling Ng, Laurel Chor, Nicholas Ho, Nicole Fung, Jason Magnus, Cesar Jung-harada and Xania Wong