Sabrina Ho is sipping a very hot chocolate at Mercedes Me, which sits with the base of a developing her mother owns. Teetering in large heels, dressed in the latest ensemble from Céline, she appears to be like nothing at all similar to the profile photograph sent to us by Bellissima Italia, the Italian pageant held in Hong Kong and Macau, which she co-chairs. The booklet despatched to us through the organisers specifics the approaching events and festivities, and divulges a portrait and passage by Sabrina Ho. In that graphic, she seems to be gravely sombre in the business accommodate together with her hair pulled back. Very ladylike and suitable.
Even prior to we meet, I understand of the young woman many thanks to her famed loved ones. Her father is on line casino mogul Stanley Ho, and her mom Angela Leong is among the customers of your Legislative Council as well as the director of Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, who also heads a variety of enterprises. Sabrina, the couple’s eldest daughter, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong and is currently a project manager for two forthcoming hotels that are to be built in Macau - the Palazzo Versace as well as the first property under Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts. From the meantime, she also manages two boutique hotels in Hong Kong and Macau, and she’s partnered with a Hong Kong listed company, Poly Auction (Hong Kong). The auction house specialises in high-end jewellery and paintings, and revenues hover around the HK$200 million mark. She established Poly Auction Macau in 2015, holding the position of director and CEO, and earlier this year she established Chiu Yeng Culture Limited. Phew. And we haven’t even covered the roster of awards and charities and several boards of which she’s a part. Did we mention she’s just 26?
Within minutes of our meeting, she puts us all at ease, almost nothing such as the graphic portrayed in the pamphlet - or because of the paparazzi. Her elfin smile and valley-girl intonations are a constant reminder throughout the chat of how painfully young she still is, especially for someone whose CV is already a few pages long. But she won’t let inexperience stand in her way: “I don’t do just just one thing, I am involved with multiple projects, titles, roles and responsibilities. I always want to do something that hasn’t been done right before.”
Let’s start together with her first chat with Prestige.
Your long curriculum vitae states so very many titles. How do you see yourself?
I established Chiu Yeng Culture in 2016. I am the managing director, and Chiu Yeng Culture is one of the main sponsors of your charity premiere of Inferno with Tom Hanks, a major event on Bellissima Italia’s calendar this year. But that’s not all I do - I see myself as a multi-tasker. I’m part of a group in Macau where I offer my suggestions and recommendations on how to develop culture and enterprise. So in future, if people want to develop a project or get government funding, or if you are an entrepreneur and you want money from the government, our group decides which direction we should go in. We think about what kind of policies we have to encourage younger entrepreneurs. We don’t want it to be a one-way thing, we want to see the long term - are there consumers for this project, will they be able to sustain it, keep the organization going? Those are the issues we discuss.
What are you working on currently?
For the past few months I’ve been working a lot in Macau, so I’m constantly jetting to and fro, since my office is in Central and I mostly live here. In Hong Kong, I’ve been working on real-estate projects. We have a lot of hotels coming up, especially a big a single within the centre of Lan Kwai Fong - that’s a huge project. The Karl Lagerfeld Hotel and Palazzo Versace in Macau are in development. Everyone is all too familiar with my father’s organization, but my mother’s side - we are into developing real estate and that’s what my future is aimed at.
Where is home for you?
I go back again and forth from Hong Kong and Macau weekly. All my loved ones is linked to Macau; we have that Portuguese gene in us. I grew up in Hong Kong and went to boarding school in London, but home is Hong Kong and Macau.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love fashion. I was a debutante in Europe, and Chopard made me my own tiara named after me - I was the first Asian ever to be given my own namesake tiara!
How did you get involved with Bellissima Italia?
They chose me. I’ve been to Italy several times of course and I really love everything about it; the arts, culture, architecture - it’s all incredibly unique and historical. And of course, the fashion. The brands I wear all stem again to Italy, be it Gucci, Prada, Armani, Loro Piana. And the food - I mean, come on.
Why did they want to work with you?
Originally, I think they found me because on the Versace hotel project that I’ve been working on. And my art background and my cultural development background. When I was first asked to be co-vice chair, it was an easy yes because I already like so many aspects of Italy. One among the projects I’m excited about is bringing amazing art from Italy to Hong Kong and Macau so that everyone can see it. Great art should be seen by all, not just a few.
Bellisima Italia is also a celebration of the Italian lifestyle, which they say is verytraditional on one particular hand, and yet modern on the other. How do you see yourself in that aspect?
I’m a mix of both. I live with my family members; my spouse and children is extremely important to me. I’m pretty traditional in that aspect. I am extremely respectful to my elders. I get up and greet them. I am never disrespectful, like I’ll never be casual and drink with them or misbehave or use bad language. I wasn’t brought up that way. On the other hand, I am in charge of a lot of projects, I travel constantly for work by myself, I just go for it, I’m ambitious - that’s all very modern.
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