17 February 2019
David Tang, the founder of the Shanghai Tang chain of stores, died after battling with liver cancer for some time. Photo: Internet
David Tang, the founder of the Shanghai Tang chain of stores, died after battling with liver cancer for some time. Photo: Internet

Shanghai Tang founder David Tang dies in London at 63

David Tang Wing-cheung, the Hong Kong entrepreneur who founded the high-end fashion brand Shanghai Tang, died in London on Tuesday at the age of 63.

Tang died after battling liver cancer for some time, reports said. His wife was with him at the Royal Marsden Hospital when he took his last breath.

According to the Financial Times, Tang had undergone a liver transplant operation and seemed to get better, only to see his condition worsen later as cancer cells metastasized.

Tang celebrated his 63th birthday on Aug. 2.

Knowing he might be dead soon, Tang had said earlier he was planning to throw a farewell party called “An evening with David Tang” on the night of Sept. 6 in London so as to gather and meet with his friends for possibly the last time.

The grandson of Tang Shiu-kin, one of Hong Kong’s famous philanthropists, David Tang was born in Hong Kong and educated in Hong Kong and Britain.

His death was mourned by many friends he had made in both places.

Simon Murray, former Hutchison Whampoa group managing director who had invested in the China Club with Tang, described Tang as a very special man, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Tang was very British in some aspects, but he was also very Chinese at the same time, Murray said.

The China Club is a top-level private club opened by Tang in Central, Hong Kong in 1991. Related executive clubs were subsequently launched in Singapore, Beijing and London on the lines of the Hong Kong one.

Tang left with no regret, Murray was quoted as saying.

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who served as Hong Kong’s chief executive for seven years until end-June 2012, said Tang’s death means the city has lost another hero.

Tang had in the past written a petition letter in support of Tsang when the former leader was facing trial for misconduct in public office.

Pansy Ho Chiu-king, executive chairman and managing director of Shun Tak Holdings and the daughter of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, said Tang used his global connections to do many good things for Hong Kong

The London Evening Standard once called Tang “London’s most connected man who is friends with everyone”.

His acquaintances included Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and many other celebrities past and present, in political as well as business circles. 

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Model Naomi Campbell (middle) and racing driver Giuseppe Cipriani (left) visited David Tang earlier this month. Photo: Naomi Campbell’s Instagram page

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