A legal drama is threatening to engulf the family of the late Hong Kong tycoon Henry Fok over the commercial use of his name.
Fok’s second-eldest daughter from his first marriage is demanding his name be removed from a commercial venture or legal action will be taken, Apple Daily reports.
Nora Fok Lai-lor wrote Edmond Lam Sik-lau, younger brother of Fok’s third wife, that the use of her father’s name in his businesses contravenes the late billionaire’s wishes.
Lam is the general manager of Fok Ying Tung Ming Yuan Development Co. Ltd., whose latest venture is a Chinese medicine outpatient center in Nansha named after Fok.
The Henry Fok Heniantang Chinese Medicine Center was inaugurated on Tuesday.
Nora Fok said Lam also used her father’s name for a beauty contest and in a skincare product.
In response, Lam wrote that the Chinese medicine center is a win-win for both FokYing Tung Ming Yuan Development Co. Ltd. and a Fok family project in Nansha.
Henry Fok had left instructions forbidding the use of his name for any commercial enterprise after his death without the consent of his heirs, Nora Fok said.
He died in 2006 aged 83. A year earlier, Forbes ranked him 181st among the world’s richest people with a fortune of US$3.7 billion.
Fok Ying Tung Ming Yuan Development Co. Ltd. was established in Hong Kong in 2006, according to regulatory filings.
The directors are Ian Fok Chun-wan and younger brother Benjamin Fok Tsun-yu, Henry Fok’s children with his first wife; Manson Fok Man-shun, a son with his second wife and Michael Fok Hin-keung, a son with his third wife.
Apple Daily did not mention Nora Fok as a director of the company.
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