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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Kwok.
Kwok Ping-kwong, Thomas
郭炳江
Thomas Kwok.png
Born 1951 (age 64–65)
Portuguese Macau
Residence Hong Kong
Education London Business School
Imperial College
Occupation Former joint-chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties
Net worth Decrease US$16.3 billion (with brother, as of June 2015)[1]
Children Adam Kwok
Parent(s) Kwok Tak Seng (father)
Kwong Siu-hing (mother)
Relatives Brother - Walter, Raymond

Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong SBS, JP (Chinese: 郭炳江; pinyin: Guō Bǐngjiāng; Cantonese Yale: Gwok Bínggōng; born 1951 in Portuguese Macau) was the Joint-Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest property developer in Hong Kong, with his brother Raymond Kwok.[2]

Biography[edit]

Thomas is the second son of Kwok Tak Seng, the founder of SHK Properties, and his wife Kwong Siu-hing. Together with brothers Walter and Raymond, they inherited Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's largest real estate developer, in 1990 following their father's death.[3]

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 combined wealth is estimated to be US$17 billion in Forbes' 2010 list of billionaires. [4]

Thomas holds a Master of Business Administration degree from London Business School, University of London and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.[5]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

The two brothers were arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption on bribery charges in March 2012.[6][7] They were accused of bribing Rafael Hui, the former Chief Secretary for Administration from 2005 to 2007, to be their "eyes and ears in government" in a case said to highlight "the cozy relationship between the city's powerful developers and government".[8]

In December 2014, Thomas Kwok was convicted of "conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office," while his brother Raymond was cleared of all charges. Thomas was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $500,000. Rafael Hui, Sun Hung Kai executive Thomas Chan and businessman Francis Kwan were also jailed.[9] After the verdict was announced, Kwok stated his immediate resignation as chairman, managing director and executive director of Sun Hung Kai and said he would appeal the conviction.[8]

Religious beliefs[edit]

Thomas Kwok is a Christian. The Noah's Ark project on Ma Wan reflects Thomas Kwok's evangelical Christian faith. During the 1990s, he set up a church on the 75th-floor pyramid atrium atop Sun Hung Kai's Central Plaza office complex.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World's Billionaires (2010): #28 Kwok family". Forbes. March 3, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Sun Hung Kai Profit Jumps; Chairwoman to Retire Wall Street Journal, by Polly Lui. 16 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Thomas and Raymond Kwok", Forbes. Accessed 21 January 2016.
  4. ^ Thomas Kwok - Forbes, Forbes.com. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Profile of Thomas Kwok
  6. ^ "Kwok brothers arrested in Hong Kong on bribery charges". BBC News. 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tycoon brothers arrested in Hong Kong corruption probe". CNN. 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Lee, Yimou; Ko, Lizzie (19 December 2014). "Hong Kong former official, property tycoon guilty in graft case". Reuters. 
  9. ^ Law, Stuart (23 December 2014). "Rafael Hui jailed for seven-and-a-half years; Thomas Kwok locked up for five years". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions The A-HED. By JONATHAN CHENG. Wall Street Journal. APRIL 14, 2009.

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Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong Free Press
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 18:03:45 -0800

The Court of Appeal on Monday began hearing a challenge by Hong Kong's former No.2 government official Rafael Hui Si-yan against his corruption conviction. The 67-year-old former chief secretary was convicted of misconduct in public office last year in ...
 
The Forecaster
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:52:30 -0800

2/2 at 7:50 p.m. Matthew McKenney, 50, of Kittery, was arrested on Allen Avenue by Officer Thomas Kwok on charges of domestic violence stalking and violating a protection order. 2/2 at 11:11 p.m. Tyler F. Gwillim, 31, of Portland, was arrested on ...

Hong Kong Standard

Hong Kong Standard
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:35:35 -0800

He cited the jailing for corruption of former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong. He also noted that former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will stand trial next year on charges of misconduct in public ...

South China Morning Post (subscription)

South China Morning Post (subscription)
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:16:13 -0700

Jailed property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong has failed to secure bail and must remain behind bars while he challenges his conviction for paying former government No 2 Rafael Hui Si-yan HK$8.5 million in bribes. Almost three months into his five-year ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:09:31 -0800

The sentencing draws to a close one of Hong Kong's most visible corruption trials. Former chief secretary Rafael Hui, 66 years old, is the highest official to be convicted since the city's return to China in 1997. The ruling also knocked Thomas Kwok ...

South China Morning Post (subscription)

South China Morning Post (subscription)
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:45:19 -0800

Hong Kong's former No 2 official Rafael Hui Si-yan and property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong spent their first night behind bars after they were convicted of corruption yesterday in a marathon trial that gave a rare glimpse into collusion between the ...
 
Targeted News Service (subscription)
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:52:30 -0800

The co-inventors are Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Clifton Park, New York, Christopher Judson Hardy, Niskayuna, New York, Charles William Stearns, Milwaukee, Ravindra Mohan Manjeshwar, Glenville, New York, Florian Wiesinger, Garching, Germany, and ...

South China Morning Post (subscription)

South China Morning Post (subscription)
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:04:11 -0800

Disgraced former top government official Rafael Hui Si-yan and fallen property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong began serving true prison time yesterday as details of their first week behind bars emerged. The pair, who were sentenced to prison last week ...
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