Ming Ho-Tang

Hong Kong

Philippine Tatler - - FEATURES -

She’s just flown in from a truf­fle-hunt­ing trip in Italy and is about to head off to some bucket-list des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Brazil and Bora Bora. So what is Ming Ho-Tang look­ing for­ward to most? “Six days in Antarc­tica where there’s no Wi-Fi—so no one can reach me.”

That should be no sur­prise. A player in the fi­nance in­dus­try, hav­ing worked at HSBC Pri­vate Eq­uity Man­age­ment, Ming is now the di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment at Li & Fung—a role she ex­e­cutes with aplomb in 5-inch Chris­tian Louboutin stilet­tos, no less—and her phone is con­stantly abuzz.

Given that her wardrobe spans three rooms of her home and she boasts a range of cov­etable col­lectibles, from rare Ju­dith Leiber clutches to a Chanel hand­bag signed by Karl Lager­feld, it’s sur­pris­ing she didn’t con­sider a ca­reer in fash­ion. “I’ve al­ways been the log­i­cal, math­e­mat­i­cal type,” Ming ex­plains. “My un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree was in in­dus­trial en­gi­neer­ing from Stan­ford Univer­sity. I never thought I was good at styling. I doubt I’d be good at dress­ing some­one else. I just wear what makes me feel good. I’d rather do the fun part and con­sume fash­ion than work in it any­way.”

It must help that fash­ion runs in her veins, thanks to her par­ents, Sil­vana and Stan­ley Ho Sau-nan, who ran busi­nesses in the gar­ment in­dus­try and have also in­stilled an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of phi­lan­thropy in their daugh­ter. Ming can often be snapped in a gor­geous gown in pink or white (her favourite colours) at events sup­port­ing the Hong Kong Ballet and Asia Art Archive, among oth­ers, and in­tends to be­come more ac­tively in­volved in good causes in the fu­ture.

“I hope to give back more not just with fi­nan­cial spon­sor­ship but with my time once I step down from work, but I still want to keep a low pro­file. I feel you have more con­trol that way.” Whether in fash­ion, work, or phi­lan­thropy, Ming does things on her own terms.

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