Kadoorie Family

The Kadoorie family are trying to discover their antecedents and how they came to arrive in China during the late 19th Century. You have the most marvellous photos of that era but you may not have any records to throw light on the family's background.

It is thought that there were 7 Kadoorie brothers in Baghdad of whom 2 remained behind while the others left for India. Ezekiel, the oldest, it is thought joined David Sassoon in Calcutta in 1870 before asking 3 younger brothers to join him over the next 10 years. Moses (possibly Silas Moses), Elly (Eliezer) and Ellis.

Elly left for Hong Kong - aged 15 - arriving there on 20th May 1880. After several years with the Sassoons (E D Sassoon & Co) mainly in the Northern Treaty ports, he borrowed $100 from Ellis and set up the broking firm of Benjamin, Kelly & Potts in Hong Kong.

If you can add anything to this, we would be most grateful.

Frances Mocatta
London

Scribe:
In 1959 the graves from the four Jewish cemeteries were transferred to an international cemetery in a western suburb of the city.

With the on-set of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), gravestones were uprooted, some smashed, and other removed entirely. The sites of the cemeteries became parking lots, parks, and a cement factory. Only four Jewish graves remained undisturbed – those of deceased luminaries Sir Elly Kadoorie, his wife Lady Laura Kadoorie, Charles Aharon, and Yosef Sasson – in the famous cemetery that also houses Soong Ching Ling, now the Soong Ching Ling Memorial Park.

The Kadoories need not only to look to the past but also to look to the future and establish a sumptuous Iraqi Community Centre in London to commemorate their name.

 


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Michael Kadoorie

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Sir Michael David Kadoorie, GBS, born 1941 in Hong Kong, is a business executive, one of the world's foremost tycoons and philanthropists. In early 2007, he is the fourth wealthiest person in Hong Kong and Greater China Region, after Li Ka Shing, Lee Shau Kee and the Kwok brothers, with the wealth of his family estimated to be 5.3 billion US dollars according to Forbes' annual list of billionaires[1].

The son of business tycoon Lord Kadoorie (Lawrence Kadoorie) (1899-1993) and his wife, Muriel Gubbay, Michael Kadoorie was educated at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. His family’s roots in business in the Far East go back to his grandfather, a descendant of Iraqi Jews originally from Baghdad, who first settled in Shanghai in 1880. After a spell in Bombay, India, his grandfather made a fortune in Shanghai, mostly lost in 1949, and later, in Hong Kong through finance, real estate and utilities. Headquartered in Hong Kong soon after 1949, Michael Kadoorie's father and uncle successfully expanded the family businesses into a diversified group, led by the company flagship CLP Holdings Ltd..

Michael Kadoorie is the Chairman of CLP Holdings Ltd. which his family founded in 1890 and in which they still hold a 35% stake. The utility company provides electricity to 75% of Hong Kong as sole operator (licensed through a Scheme of Control) in Kowloon and the New Territories, and has equity interests in power plants in China, Southeast Asia, Australia and India. He is also the Chairman of the family's second largest listed group, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, owners and operators of the world-renowned Peninsula Hotel Group. Michael Kadoorie also controls and is a director of Metrojet Limited, Heliservices (Hong Kong) Limited and has initiated CLP Research Institute (a subsidiary of CLP Holdings which looks into renewable energy development). He holds a number of directorships in other non-Kadoorie companies. He was a member of the Council of the University of Hong Kong and, in 2000, the Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building opened at the university. In 2004, the University of Hong Kong awarded him an honorary LLD.

A renowned philanthropist and a trustee of the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, Michael Kadoorie was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor by the government of France and a Commander of the Order of Léopold II of Belgium. He was awarded a knighthood, as a Knight Bachelor, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List on 11th June 2005.

A photography buff, Kadoorie is also a helicopter pilot and a fan of classic cars. He is the owner of a number of rare automobiles including a Type 57 Bugatti, a 1932 Phantom II Thrupp & Maberly, a 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Van Vooren Cabriolet, a 1969 P400 S Miura Lamborghini and a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. In 1998, he spent two months recovering from serious injuries at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England after having an accident in his vintage Ferrari when the spokes in two of the rebuilt wheels tore through the tyres.

He lives in Hong Kong with his wife and three children.

 

The World's Billionaires
#152 Michael Kadoorie & family
03.08.07, 6:00 PM ET

Age: 66

Fortune: inherited

Source: diversified

Net Worth:
$5.3 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Residence: Hong Kong , Hong Kong, Asia & Australia

Industry: Diversified

Marital Status: married,

Education:

Scion of a distinguished family of Iraqi Jews who settled and made its fortune in Asia. Kadoorie and family, including brother-in-law Ronald J. McAulay, own big stakes in Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, which operates the famous Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, and CLP Holdings, one of Hong Kong's power supply companies, now under fire amid reports of worsening air pollution in the city. Was knighted in the U.K. for his extensive charitable and philanthropic activities.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Kadoorie & family


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Age: 65
Fortune: inherited
Source: Diversified

Net Worth: 3.8

Country Of Citizenship: Hong Kong
Residence: Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Asia & Australia
Industry: Diversified
Marital Status: married, no children




Scion of a distinguished family of Iraqi Jews who settled and made their fortunes in Asia. With brother-in-law, owns major stakes in the listed Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, which operates the famous Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, as well as CLP Holdings, one of the leading power supply companies in Hong Kong. Was knighted last year in honor of his extensive charitable and philanthropic activities.

 

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The World's Billionaires
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Name

Citizenship

Age

Net Worth ($bil)

Residence

150

Roustam Tariko

Russia

45

5.4

Russia

152

Leonid Fedun

Russia

50

5.3

Russia

152

Bradley Hughes

United States

73

5.3

United States

152

Michael Kadoorie & family

Hong Kong

66

5.3

Hong Kong

155

John Menard Jr

United States

67

5.2

United States

155

Charles Schwab

United States

69

5.2

United States

157

YC Wang & family

Taiwan

90

5.1

Taiwan

158

Alberto Bailleres

Mexico

74

5.0

Mexico

158

Jean-Claude Decaux & family

France

69

5.0

France

158

Alicia Koplowitz

Spain

54

5.0

Spain

158

Ralph Lauren

United States

67

5.0

United States

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