Date
23 April 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • This is how it's done. JD.com founder and chairman Richard Liu Qiangdong celebrates a winning US debut. Photo: Bloomberg

    The joy of IPOs and the Viagra effect

    - May 26, 2014 12:59pm
    Initial public offerings are like relationships — it can be tough sometimes to guess if you’re on the right track. Just last week, China’s No. 2 e-commerce company, JD.com, debuted on the Nasdaq with a 10...
  • SCMP Group is moving into outdoor advertising and magazines as the core newspaper business stagnates. Photo: HKEJ

    SCMP turns new page with outdoor ad, magazine buys

    - May 22, 2014 1:27pm
    There are times when SCMP Group shows more signs of life in its extremities than the heart of the operation. Tycoon Robert Kuok Hock-nien’s media flagship won a tender yesterday to manage the advertising space at...
  • How many gymnasiums do you see in the city's major shopping malls? Photo: Bloomberg

    Hard-working developers need to work out more

    - May 20, 2014 12:28pm
    Casino king Stanley Ho Hung-sun is probably right. He once kidded that many Hong Kong property developers are so jelly-belly they can’t even put on their socks.  Physical fitness may be the furthest thing from their...
  • Fosun International reportedly paid HK$1.5 billion for Shaw Brothers studio. Photo: Bloomberg

    SCMP hidden jewel just got shinier

    - May 19, 2014 2:52pm
    Here is why tycoon Robert Kuok wants to delist SCMP Group and take it back: the publisher owns part of TV City, a jumble of old, disused buildings in Sai Kung which could be turned into...
  • China Travel has not changed much since Wang Shuai Ting became chairman four years ago. Photo: 591news.com

    Why China Travel won’t miss its detained chairman

    - May 19, 2014 1:05pm
    How will the arrest of China Travel International Investment Hong Kong chairman Wang Shuai Ting affect the business of the red-chip travel play? Not much, for a few reasons. But first things first. An official announcement this...
  • Galaxy Macau has grown into a thriving three-year-old. Photo: Bloomberg

    3, 2, 1: Galaxy, Lui and a top moneymaker

    - May 15, 2014 12:57pm
    Two things stood out at a launch party three years ago in Macau on a casual Sunday: The hundreds of familiar but not very popular faces from local politics and business, and their appearance at the...
  • Is it time for Starry Lee to brush up on her English with a tutor? Photo: Starry Lee's facebook

    Spare a thought for Starry Lee and her English advisor

    - May 14, 2014 1:38pm
    Tongue-tied Starry Lee Wai-king raised a few chuckles among listeners to RTHK’s “Letter to Hong Kong” program Sunday — almost as many as legislator Gary Chan Hak-kan managed in 2008 with his notorious “try our breast” linguist slip....
  • Netherlands-based UNStudio, which designed the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, has been commissioned to design a 1,200-seat facility for performing arts at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Photo: AFP

    Another Dutch treat for Hong Kong

    - May 13, 2014 4:27pm
    A year after Holland artist Florentijn Hofman sailed his mega Rubber Duck sculpture into Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong is in for another Dutch treat. The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has tapped the Netherlands-based UNStudio to...
  • Manchester City claims a second Premier League title in three years. Photo: Reuters.

    The Premier League business

    - May 12, 2014 3:44pm
    Sunday night was a big win for Abu Dhabi but a tough loss for the United States, so much so that you wonder if any Europeans can beat Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the next two months. Welcome...
  • SCMP Group could see its latest privatization attempt  derailed again. Photo: Bloomberg

    Who will be first to blink in SCMP delisting standoff?

    - May 12, 2014 2:14pm
    It’s a classic who-blinks-first standoff. For 16 months, it has quietly pitted SCMP Group honcho Robert Kuok and British fund manager Stephen Butt. At issue is a 14 percent holding in Hong Kong’s biggest English broadsheet...
  • Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong (3rd from left) Picture: HKEJ

    Lan Kwai Fong’s Zeman to help build Shanghai’s Broadway dream

    - Mar 20, 2014 5:29pm
    A formidable group of media and entertainment entrepreneurs have joined forces to build China’s version of Broadway or West End in central Shanghai. Dream Center, a 15 billion yuan (US$2.45 billion) cultural complex in the heart...

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