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Walter Kwok

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Net worth 2018: $8.23 Billion
Industry: Real Estate
Residence: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
BirthDay: 1950
Education: Master of Science, University of London

Walter Kwok was bornon 1950 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Walter Kwok is #200 in List Billionaires People In The World. Since his ouster from the chairman's seat at Sun Hung Kai Properties, Walter Kwok has been busy starting over with his own business, Empire Group Holdings. Deals include buying $30 million in stock when Chinese conglomerate Legend Holdings went public and investing in China Jinmao, the developer controlled by Sinochem. He inherited Sun Hung Kai Properties with his two brothers, Thomas and Raymond.


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Kwok Ping-sheung, Walter JP (Chinese: 郭炳湘; pinyin: Guō Bǐngxiāng; born 1950 in Hong Kong, with family roots in Zhongshan, Guangdong) is the eldest son of Kwok Tak Seng and Kwong Siu-hing. Together with brothers Thomas and Raymond, they inherited Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's largest real estate developer, in 1990 following their father's death. As per Forbes(2015), Walter Kwok is the 9th wealthiest billionaire in Hong Kong and #193 in the world.Walter, formerly chairman and CEO of that organisation, negotiated his departure from the family firm in 2010. His mother remains the controlling shareholder of the company, whilst his brothers manage the firm. The Kwok brothers are the third wealthiest people in Hong Kong and Greater China Region, just after Li Ka Shing and Lee Shau Kee. Their wealth is estimated to be 17 billion US dollars in Forbes' 2010 list of billionaires.Walter Kwok, Thomas Kwok and Raymond Kwok are together referred to by financial and mainstream media as the Kwok brothers. Together they control the majority of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest real estate company in Asia. As of 2015, all three brothers were listed by Forbes in the Forbes 500 listing of the richest people in the world, with a combined net worth of 19 Billion US Dollars (As of August 2015).According to the Standard, Kwok fell in love with an ambitious lawyer Ida Tong Kam-hing (唐錦馨), but his father did not allow him to marry her.His parents introduced him to Lydia Ku, whom he married, but the marriage broke up six months afterwards. Later, he married his present wife, Wendy Lee.Kwok was kidnapped by the notorious gangster "Big Spender" Cheung Tze-keung on 30 September 1997, and was released seven days later without police intervention. Negotiations fronted by wife Wendy resulted in payment of a ransom rumoured to have been in nine figures. Following his arrest in Guangzhou in 1998, Cheung confessed that he had put Kwok in a wooden container blindfolded for four days, and fed him regular meals of roast pork with rice, until the ransom of some HK$600 million was paid. The ransom in 1,000-dollar notes was packed inside 20 large carrier bags and driven in two Mercedes saloon cars to a quiet lane in Central district. After the kidnap, the badly shaken Walter handed over the executive duties of SHKP to his younger brothers while retaining the title of chairman and chief executive. His abductor was executed in the People's Republic of China in December 1998.As a result of his kidnapping ordeal, Walter reportedly developed deep psychological problems, and while he retained the titles of chairman and chief executive, his two brothers Thomas and Raymond controlled day-to-day operations of the group.Under Walter's later chairmanship, press reported that a former girlfriend, Ida Tong, had become increasingly influential. This influence has led to business decisions by Kwok which departed from its previous conservative model, and without the consensus of his brothers.On 18 February 2008, Sun Hung Kai Properties issued a statement saying Walter would take a temporary leave of absence for personal reasons with immediate effect. Walter later issued a statement stating he would take a personal holiday to travel to the United States, Beijing and other big cities in the coming two to three months. He said he would resume his duties on his return.Sing Tao Daily and sister publication The Standard reported that matriarch Mrs. Kwok Kwong Siu-hing, wielding the holding of the Sun Hung Kai trust, intervened to oust Walter from his chairman position to protect the family's interests. It was revealed that Ida's influence, through being Walter's mistress of four years, has been causing friction with his brothers. On 29 February, tycoon and fellow board member Lee Shau Kee confirmed that, during the last board meeting, Mrs Kwok had forced the leave of absence on Walter. Lee further painted a picture of a lonely Walter, as only Ida would listen to him. In mid May 2008, Walter brought a lawsuit against his brothers, and persuaded a judge to enjoin a board meeting, saying that Raymond and Thomas had him diagnosed as bipolar disorder to sideline him and silence his criticism of certain business decisions.In 2012, younger brothers Thomas and Raymond, as well as Rafael Hui, previously the second-highest ranking government official in Hong Kong, were arrested by the city's anti-corruption agency on suspicion of bribery. It has been suggested that Walter, who was not arrested, was the one who passed information to the authorities, supposedly in revenge for his ouster from Sun Hung Kai Properties a few years earlier.
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