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Dr Lui Che-woo was born in Jiangmen, China in 1929. He established the first K. Wah company in Hong Kong in the 1950s. He is currently Chairman of K. Wah Group. Its major member companies include K. Wah International Holdings Limited (stock code: 0173), Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (stock code: 0027 and a member of the Hang Seng Index), Stanford Hotels International and K. Wah Construction Materials Limited. Today, K. Wah has developed into a multi-national conglomerate involving properties, entertainment and leisure, hospitality, and construction materials with over 200 subsidiaries and more than 33,000 employees worldwide and the foothold of the business covers Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, North America and Southeast Asia.

Dr Lui is a pioneer in Hong Kong construction materials industry. In the 1960s, he embarked on property investments. In the 1980s, he set his sights on hotel development. In the 1990s, Dr Lui expanded his business into Mainland China. In 2002, he ventured into Macau’s gaming business and is now one of the six gaming operators in Macau where he aims at developing world class travel, leisure, shopping, meeting, convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities. 

In 2015 when K. Wah Group marks its 60th anniversary, Dr Lui established the LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation in Hong Kong. It is the first of the kind annual cross-sector international prize honouring and recognizing individuals or organizations who have unconditionally promoted world civilization through sustainable development, contribution to the welfare of mankind and promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy.

A distinguished philanthropist, Dr Lui has been particularly supportive of the development of medical care, education and information technology. He was Chairman of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1981-1982. In 1996, Dr Lui became founding Chairman of the China Association (H.K.) for Science and Society Limited to promote information technology development and application in Hong Kong, and act as a platform for Hong Kong, China and international collaboration on information technology. In 1999, Dr Lui provided funds for the Stanford University Medical Centre to set up Lui Che Woo Research Laboratory. He also holds important posts in various tertiary institutions including Founding Honorary Patron of The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research, Member of the Board of Trustees of United College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Honorary Member of the Court of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Member of the Court of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Honorary Life Chairman of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Foundation, Life Honorary Chairman of Wuyi University Board of Trustees, Honorary Dean of Business Faculty of Yangzhou University, and Member of the Board of Directors of Fudan University. In 2002, the Dr Lui Che Woo Awards for CUHK/Cornell Student Exchange Programme in Hospitality Management was established to facilitate academic exchanges of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management and Cornell University. In 2005, an initiative in support of the reconstruction and refurbishment of 122 schools in underprivileged regions across Mainland China was committed through The Ministry of Education. In 2006, a fund was set up at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for academic research and scholarship for outstanding students. In 2008, donations were pledged in support of the Mainland’s university students in rural to complete their four to five years’ degree programmes via Virya Foundation, the construction of the Lui Che Woo Building at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the renovation and expansion of a centenary building at Fudan University, as well as the development of a new Beijing campus for the China Europe International Business School. In 2010, donations were made to The University of Hong Kong for the building of a law library in the Centennial Campus and to the University of Macau in support of the new campus development in Hengqin, Zhuhai. In 2012, donation was made to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the establishment of the Lui Che Woo Institute of Innovative Medicine. In 2013, donation was pledged to Opera Hong Kong as an Honorary Patron to promote local art education and cultivate art management talents. In 2014, a HK$1.3 billion GEG Charitable Foundation was established to cultivate in the young proper moral values and nurture their sense of belonging to society and the community. In 2015, Dr Lui announced a donation to pledge HK$15.6 million to the Chinese University of Hong Kong to establish the Lui Che Woo Distinguished Young Scholars Award and the Lui Che Woo Distinguished Young Scholars Research Scholarship to support outstanding medical research students to further their studies overseas. In 2016, Jia Hui Cheng School in Guangzhou and K. Wah Education Fund were established to promote sustainable development of well-rounded education in Mainland China. In 2017, donation was made to Shanghai Jiao Tong University for setting up the K. Wah City Governance Research Fund in support of the establishment of K. Wah Big Data Center.

In recognition of his exemplary contributions to the community, Dr Lui was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by The Queen (MBE) in 1982 and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1986. In 1995, an asteroid discovered by the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing was named “Lui Che Woo Star”. Dr Lui was presented the Outstanding Contribution Award in Guangzhou in 1996. Dr Lui was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by the University of Victoria in 2001; the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa, by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002; an Honorary University Fellowship by the University of Hong Kong in 2002; the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws by Concordia University in 2004; the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2005 and the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, by the University of Hong Kong in 2016. In addition, Dr Lui was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) in 2005. In 2007, he was honoured as the Business Person of the Year in DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards and presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.Dr Lui was presented the Diamond Award by Macau Tatler and the Lifetime Achievement Award by All Leaders Publication Group Limited, both in 2011. In 2012, Dr Lui was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the HKSAR Government for his significant contribution to Hong Kong and presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Asia Pacific Enterpreneurship Awards 2012 by Enterprise Asia. In 2013, Dr Lui received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th China Hotel Golden Horse Award. In 2014, Dr Lui was presented the Outstanding Contribution Award at the International Gaming Awards, as well as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Awards. In 2015, Dr Lui was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd World Travel Awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism industry, as well as Top 10 Outstanding Cantonese at the 2nd Global Conference of the Cantonese.

As a good citizen, Dr Lui was elected Member of the 9th National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a member of the Selection Committee for the First Term Chief Executive of the HKSAR, a member of the Election Committee of the HKSAR and Member of Steering Committee on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions).

Awards and Honours 1
2016

Degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, by the University of Hong Kong

2015

Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd World Travel Awards

Top 10 Outstanding Cantonese at the 2nd Global Conference of the Cantonese

2014

Outstanding Contribution Award at the International Gaming Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Awards

2013

Lifetime Achievement Award in the 13th China Hotel Golden Horse Award

2012

Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

2011

Diamond Award by Macau Tatler

All Leaders - Lifetime Achievement Award

2007

Business Person of the Year in DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences
2005

Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2004
Degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws by Concordia University, Canada
2002

Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa, by the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Honorary University Fellowship, by The University of Hong Kong

2001

Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of Victoria, Canada

1997

Contribution to the Betterment of Da Ze Award

1996

Outstanding Contribution Award in Guangzhou

Outstanding Foreign Investor Award (Guangdong Province)

1995

Naming of 'Lui Che Woo Star' Asteroid No. 5538 (Discovered by Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing)

1994

Citizen of Honor (Nanjing)

1993

Citizen of Honor (Guangzhou)

Citizen of Honor (Jiangmen)

1986

Justice of The Peace

1982

Member of The Order of The British Empire


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