Other than markets and margins, there are pressing things on the mind of Charles Li these days. The World Cup, for instance.
Li is a self-confessed football fanatic. He is giving whatever time he can spare as chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (00388.HK) to indulge one of his greatest passions.
And like any self-respecting fan, he has a favorite: Brazil.
The Samba Boys are dancing, not merely playing soccer but making art, the Hong Kong Economic Journal quoted him as saying. He sees the home team lifting the golden trophy a sixth time.
Li has the football creds to back his fearless forecast. He recently led his team to victory in a charity match organized by the Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation.
He could be up against Terry Lo, chief executive of BOC Group Life Assurance Co. Ltd., in a theoretical match-up of forecasting prowess.
Lo likes the chances of Spain, the reigning champion, although he also has Brazil and Germany in his column.
Their differences aside, the two share one thing in common: they are going to be night owls for the next four weeks like so many high-flyers in that neck of the woods called Central.
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