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Patrick Ho Chi-ping JP (Chinese: 何志平; Jyutping: Ho4 zi3 ping4; pinyin: Hé Zhìpíng; born 24 July 1949 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong ophthalmologist turned politician.

Patrick Ho Chi-ping

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Secretary for Home Affairs
In office
1 July 2002 – 30 June 2007
Chief executiveTung Chee-hwa
Sir Donald Tsang
Chief SecretaryDonald Tsang
Michael Suen (acting)
Rafael Hui
Preceded byLam Woon-kwong
Succeeded byTsang Tak-sing
Personal details
Born (1949-07-24) 24 July 1949 (age 69)
Hong Kong
NationalityHong Kong Chinese
Alma materVanderbilt University

He joined the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Preparatory Committee of Hong Kong SAR.[1] When the Principal Officials Accountability System was introduced in 2002, he was appointed the Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong.

He was convicted of bribery offences in a U.S. federal court in 2018.[2]


Education and ophthalmologist careerEdit

Ho studied in the Diocesan Boys' School, Hong Kong. He won a scholarship and was educated in USA for 16 years. He is an ophthalmologist who trained in eye surgery with special expertise in retinal surgery, he was a fellow at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Hong Kong in 1984 and taught eye surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Professor of Ophthalmology. From 1988 to 2000, he was Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Political careerEdit

Since 1993, he has been a member of the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and in 1995, he was appointed as a member of the Preparatory Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Selection Committee of the first SAR Government. He was the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. In July 1997, he was appointed to the Provisional Urban Council until its disestablishment in 1999. In 2002, he joined the second HKSAR administration as the Secretary for Home Affairs when the Principal Officials Accountability System was introduced.[3] In 2003, he was present at the Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin following tradition and drew Kau Chim sticks to foretell the fortune of Hong Kong. He drew number 83 which represented bad times ahead. Coincidentally Hong Kong experienced a fatal SARS outbreak and an attempted legislation of Basic Law Article 23, which led to the massive protests at the 1 July march. Ever since, no Hong Kong minister has represented the government to the temple.[4]

After leaving the government in 2007, he joined a lobbying firm established and funded by CEFC China Energy (CEFC), a Shanghai-based energy company.[3]

Bribery chargesEdit

Ho and former Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio were arrested in New York in late November 2017, charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and money laundering. The US Justice Department alleged that the pair offered a US$2 million bribe to the president of Chad for oil rights, and deposited a US$500,000 bribe to an account designated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda on behalf of CEFC. The USJD alleges that the million-dollar bribes were dressed as donations.[5] The energy fund, chaired by Ye Jianming, has denied authorising Ho to engage in corrupt practices.[6][7]

In April 2018, he filed a motion to dismiss certain of the FCPA counts. The indictment charged Ho, who had been detained for eight months, with substantive violations of two different FCPA provisions, the domestic concern statute[8] based on actions taken in his role as an agent of an organization located in the United States and the territorial jurisdiction statute[9] based on conduct within the United States.

While on trial, he has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York.[2]

On 5 December 2018, Ho was convicted on seven counts of bribery and money laundering, following a federal trial in which Gadio stood as a witness for prosecutors.[10]


His is married to former Taiwanese actress Sibelle Hu, with whom he has one daughter, Audrey Ho Ka Chun.

Other titles and membershipsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tung delays naming new team". The Standard. 21 June 2002.
  2. ^ a b Lum, Alvin; Emma Kazryan (2018-12-06). "Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping convicted in US court on 7 of 8 counts in bribery and money-laundering case". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  3. ^ a b "'Civil diplomat' Patrick Ho tapped UN connections to broker deals". South China Morning Post.
  4. ^ Cheung, Gary. "Musician, eye surgeon and a politician who married an actress, Patrick Ho led a varied, eventful life before bribery scandal - Asean Plus | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  5. ^ "US arrests Patrick Ho over alleged oil bribes". South China Morning Post.
  6. ^ Cheng, Kris (21 November 2017). "Explainer: Patrick Ho's bribery allegations – from top Hong Kong official to US police custody". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Indictment Case 1:17-mj-08611-UA".
  8. ^ "U.S.C. Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  9. ^ "U.S.C. Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  10. ^ "Ex-Hong Kong Official Convicted in Bribe Case Involving Chinese Oil Company". New York Times. 5 December 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lam Woon-kwong
Secretary for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Tsang Tak-sing
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Shelley Lee
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Sarah Liao
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star