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Silas K. F. Chou (Chinese: 曹其峰; pinyin: Cáo Qífēng; born 1946) is a Hong Kong billionaire, active in the fashion sector.[1]

Silas Chou
Born
Silas K. F. Chou

1945/1946 (age 72–73)[1]
ResidenceHong Kong
Net worthUS$2.7 billion (September 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Married
Children2 daughters, including Veronica Chou
Parent(s)Chao Kuang-piu
RelativesSusana Chou (sister)

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Early lifeEdit

Silas K. F. Chou is the son of Chao Kuang-piu.[2] His father founded South Ocean Knitters, one of the Hong Kong's "largest knitwear manufacturers and exporters", in which he still owns a stake.[1]

His sister, Susana Chou, was the President of the Legislative Assembly of Macau from 1999 to 2009.[3]

CareerEdit

In 1978, he and his father, founded Xiang Zhou Woollen Mills in the Zhuhai Special Economy District.[2]

In 1989, Chou and Lawrence Stroll founded Sportswear Holdings to acquire Tommy Hilfiger.[4][5] Chou was the largest shareholder and became chairman of the company.[5] In 2006, he sold his shareholding to Apax, a UK private equity firm for US$1.6 billion.[5]

In 2003, Chou and Stroll bought a majority share in Michael Kors for US$100 million.[1][5] In June 2018, Chou sold the last of his investment in Kors.[5]

In 2018, a consortium led by Stroll, which included Chou brought Force India out of administration and formed a new team Racing Point Force India.

Chou has also invested in Karl Lagerfeld and Pepe Jeans.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Chou is married, with two daughters, Veronica and Vivian, and lives in Hong Kong.[1] Both daughters are active in his fashion business.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Forbes profile: Silas Chou". Forbes. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Biography of Silas K. F. Chou : The Wharton Global Alumni Forum-Hong Kong". www.whartonhongkong07.com. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ http://news.xinhuanet.com/ziliao/2002-03/07/content_305647.htm
  4. ^ a b "Silas Chouis One of the 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry". businessoffashion.com. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "How tycoon Silas Chou made a fortune from two global brands". ejinsight.com. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2018.