Markus Shaw is a princeling from one of
Hong Kong's dynastic families who is a strong contributor to the community
and unlike most in Hong Kong, he is low key and understated, but highly
effective as a leader.
We have known Markus
and his brother Darren through mutual friends since 1997 when their start-up
Marlin Land became Cushman & Wakefield's Hong Kong-based joint
venture in Asia. Marlin Land changed its name to Cushman
& Wakefield, Asia and launched offices in Beijing and
Singapore, followed by Shanghai by the end of 1997.
official biographer reads as follows:
Markus Shaw was
almost born in Hong Kong, arriving in a London hospital in September 1959
and in Hong Kong six weeks later. At the age of 13 he was sent to England
for his education, which he completed with a degree in History at Cambridge
University. After attending Law School, he joined the City law firm
Linklaters. Following six years as a corporate lawyer in London, Singapore
and Hong Kong, he joined the family business in 1992. Mr. Shaw is a Managing
Director of his family's investment office. He has wide experience in the
investment management world and has had active management involvement in
many portfolio companies.
Married with three
children, he maintains a keen interest in literature, history, music,
photography and the great outdoors. Committed to the preservation of the
environment, he has been Chairman of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, Hong
Kong, since 2000 and a member of WWF's International Board since 2005. He is
also a member of the Hong Kong Government's Advisory Council on the
Environment. - DESIGNING
Run grandnephew starts race for election to Legco
Centenarian Sir Run
Run Shaw's grandnephew, Markus Shaw, has announced that he will contest a
seat representing the commercial functional constituency in September's
Legislative Council election.
"I will not seek support from my
granduncle," Markus Shaw, 49, said.
His father is the elder brother of Hong
Kong's oldest media mogul while his mother is Austrian.
Shaw is targeting the Hong Kong General
Chamber of Commerce seat. It has been held by the Liberal Party for many
years. Incumbent Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung will stand for reelection.
Shaw said he is a democrat although he
will not join any political party.
He is no stranger to environmental protection as he is the chairman of
Worldwide Fund for Nature and worked with activists Paul Zimmerman and
Christine Loh Kung-wai.
He said he has 11 backers for his election already but refused to name
names. He was also guarded about his chances of winning, adding he will
consider direct election in 2012.
"I did not choose a geographical constituency because I cannot speak
Chinese well which I think will be a hindrance," Shaw said.
But he emphasized his heart is firmly in Hong Kong as his family has been
in business in the territory for three generations and his three teenage
children also grew up here. -
2008 July 18 THE