Date
23 September 2017
Hari N. Harilela began as a tailor in the 1940s and rose to become a top hotelier and philathropist in Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK
Hari N. Harilela began as a tailor in the 1940s and rose to become a top hotelier and philathropist in Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK

Officials, tycoons pay tribute to Hari Harilela, 92

Hong Kong officials and tycoons bade farewell to Hari N. Harilela, considered the city’s richest Indian, who died on Monday at the age of 92.

Among those who paid their respects at the family home in Kowloon Tong were Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, Sino Land Co. Ltd. (00083.HK) chairman Robert Ng Chee-siong, The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd. deputy chairman Stephen Ng Tin-hoi and British Consul General Caroline Elizabeth Wilson, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

A highly esteemed hotelier and philanthropist, Harilela began as a tailor in the 1940s and went on to become a leading figure in the local property market. 

His family once provided food, beverage and laundry services to the British Army.

He and his brothers founded the Harilela Group in 1959. It now owns multiple hotel and property projects in the city and elsewhere, including Holiday Inn Golden Mile and InterContinental Grand Stanford, both in Kowloon.

In May, the group acquired Fook Yee Building in Wan Chai for HK$809 million (US$104.29 million) and is reportedly planning to redevelop it into a hotel.

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