Joseph Lau

About Joseph Lau

Birth Day: July 21, 1951
Birth Place: Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Citizenship: United Kingdom Hong Kong
Alma mater: University of Windsor [1]
Occupation: businessman
Spouse(s): Theresa Po Wing-kam† (1977-1992, 2 children) Chan Hoi-wan (2016-present, 2 children)
Children: 6
Relatives: Thomas Lau (brother)

Joseph Lau

Joseph Lau was born on July 21, 1951 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Property tycoon Lau transferred his 75% stake in Chinese Estates to his new wife and a son in March 2017, citing serious health issues. In November 2016 he took out full page ads announcing his split with a former ex-girlfriend and a mother of his two children. An avid art collector, he boasts pieces from Warhol, Gauguin and Hockney worth at least $1 billion. His brother Thomas is also a billionaire.
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Popular As Joseph Lau
Occupation Real Estate
Age 69 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 21, 1951 (Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Birthday July 21
Town/City Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong

🌙 Zodiac

Joseph Lau’s zodiac sign is Leo. According to astrologers, people born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Joseph Lau was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

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Joseph Lau was born on 21 July 1951 in Hong Kong. He has a younger brother Thomas and two younger sisters.


Lau married Bo Wing-kam (1954–2003) in 1977 and they were divorced in 1992. They had two children: a son, Lau Ming-wai (born 1980) and daughter Jade Lau Sau-yung (born 1983). In 2008, Lau Ming-wai's wife gave birth to mix twins, they are Lau's eldest grandchildren. Lau Ming-wai, a British citizen, is vice-chairman of Chinese Estates Group and is both chairman of the government's Commission on Youth and on the steering committee of the HK$10 billion Community Care Fund, established in 2010. He was formerly a member of the Commission on Poverty. In 2011, he was part of Henry Tang's election team for the 2012 chief executive election.


According to the Sunday Times, Lau owns a collection of 10,000 bottles of red wine, and is an avid art collector. On 7 November 2007, he made the top purchase of the evening at a Sotheby's auction by paying $39.2 million for Paul Gauguin's Te Poipoi, a painting of a Tahitian scene.


In 2009, Lau bought a 7.03 carat blue Diamond for his daughter Josephine, that he named the "Star of Josephine" at Sotheby's for $9.5 million.


On 31 May 2012, the Macau Court of Final Appeal confirmed that Lau and Steven Lo were involved in the case of offering Macau's former public works chief Ao Man-long HK$20 million over the bid for five plots of land opposite Macau International Airport. Lau and Lo were charged with bribery and money laundering. They both denied the charges and Lo earlier told the court that the HK$20 million was a preliminary payment to construction company San Meng Fai.


Lau had two children with former assistant Kimbie Chan (aka Chan Hoi-wan) – a daughter, Josephine (born 2008) and a son (born 2012). In 2008, Lau became the grandfather of twins. Lau junior acceded to the chairmanship of Chinese Estates following his father's conviction in the court of Macau on bribery charges in 2014; Sue Chan, the elder sister of Lau's girlfriend Kimbie, became the chief executive of the company Lau founded.


In November 2014, Lau bought a 9.75 carat blue Diamond for his daughter Zoe, at Sotheby's for $32.6 million, that he named "Zoe Diamond". He also bought her a Cartier brooch featuring a 10.1 carat ruby, that he named "Zoe Red" at Christie's for $8.4 million.


In November 2015, Lau bought another two expensive diamonds. On 10 November, he bought a 16.08 carat pink Diamond at Christie's for $28.5 million. The next day, Lau bought a 12.03 carat blue Diamond at Sotheby's for $48.4 million, setting new records for the most expensive jewel sold at auction and the most expensive Diamond ever. He subsequently renamed them the "Sweet Josephine" and the "Blue Moon of Josephine" respectively.


On 7 December 2016, Lau married Chan Hoi-wan (Kimbee) at Hong Kong, they have two children. In 2017, citing serious health issues, the Business tycoon has transferred his 75% shares in Chinese Estates to his new wife and his son.

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