King of gambling to be laid to rest in HK on Friday

Macau’s “king of gambling,” Dr Stanley Ho, will be laid to rest at a funeral in Hong Kong on Friday after a public vigil on Thursday.

The ceremony will include former Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah, and former and current Hong Kong Chief Executives Tung Chee-hwa and Carrie Lam, plus Tan Tie Niu,  plus Dr. David Li Kwok-po,  Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung and Lee Yeh-kwong, according to media reports

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr. Ambrose So and Pansy Ho, as the representative of the family members will read the condolence message from National Leaders and the name list of condolences.

Ho, was the founder of The Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, which held the monopoly on gambling in Macau for more than four decades. He died in Hong Kong on May 26, aged 98.

His company controls 20 of Macau’s 38 casinos as well as a string of other business interests that extend his reach into most corners of life, including the Macau Jockey Club, Shun Tak Holdings, which operates the ferries and hydrofoils shipping gamblers into the territory and a stake in Macau’s international airport.

He amassed a personal fortune of about $3.1 billion.