Mr. Chao Kuang Piu





Mr. Chao Kuang Piu is a Hong Kong entrepreneur and philanthropist.  He was born in Shanghai in 1920 and a native of Ningbo.  At the age of 17, he was in charge of his father’s “Hongxiang” cloth shop.   Through reform in operation and marketing, he expanded the business to Nanjing, Chongqing, Taipei, Hong Kong and other places.

In 1949, Chao moved to Hong Kong and created the local woolen industry. He founded Wingson Co., Ltd. in 1964 and later opened factories in Macao and Zhuhai, establishing himself as the “Hong Kong Woolen King”.  Wingson went public in Hong Kong in 1987 and later expanded to become a multinational group, with businesses in garment, real estate, high-tech, and other industries.  In 1985, Chao formed Dragonair, opening up flights to major cities in mainland China and Asia.

Mr. Chao is also a well respected philanthropist, especially in education. He founded Cao Guangbiao Primary School in Shanghai and donated over 300 million RMB to Qinghua, Zhejiang, Ningbo, and Sanda Universities.

In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 4566 “Chao Kuang Piu”. Mr. Chao was awarded the Hong Kong Silver Bauhinia Medal in 2002 and the US Wharton School Dean’s Medal in 2004.