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. 

His 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 HONG KONG

Run 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 STANDARD


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