Sir David Tang, KBE 鄧永鏘爵士, KBE
|Date||14 January 2010||Interviewed by||Haiping Niu|
Sir David Tang was born in Hong Kong and educated there before going to boarding school in Britain, where he subsequently read law at Law College and philosophy at University. In his early career, he was involved in oil exploration off-shore China and gold mining in Africa, after which he founded the China Clubs in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore, as well as the brands Shanghai Tang, Island Tang and China Tang. He is also the exclusive distributor of all Cuban cigars for Canada, Asia and Australia. In addition, he has been director and advisor to international companies, including Blackstone and Tommy Hilfiger and the Savoy Group of Hotels.
Sir David Tang is passionately involved with the arts. He has been a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts for 15 years, and is chairman of the Asia- Pacific Acquisitions Committee at the Tate. He is also adviser to the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra, and President of the London Bach Society. He is an avid collector of contemporary Chinese art; and has given concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is a governor.
Sir David Tang is also founder of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, and vice-chairman of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, as well as numerous other charities, but notably as founding president of the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association, and patron of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.