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.