Hong Kong kidnapping victim Queenie Law friendly, independent-minded heiress, say friends
Heiress to the Bossini clothing fortune developed career based on her own talents
Classmates saw Queenie Law as down to earth and kind. Photo: David Wong
Queenie Rosita Law, the 29-year-old heiress to the Bossini clothing fortune who was kidnapped last Saturday, is known as an independent and down-to-earth member of one of Hong Kong’s wealthiest families, friends and former classmates said.
She is the granddaughter of Law Ting-pong, who founded Bossini, and her family has been running the clothing business for decades. Her father, Raymond Law Ka-kui, is a property investor who is involved in some of the city’s major development projects.
But unlike many of Hong Kong’s elite, Queenie Law, who has an older sister and a younger brother, attended local schools, not international institutions, and developed a career based on her own talent.
For her final two years or so at high school, she attended the Law Ting Pong Secondary School, in Tai Po, which is named after her late grandfather.
The public secondary school is not considered a select institution, and is open to every Hongkonger. Law’s former classmates there said she was independent and far from snobbish, making friends with classmates from a wide range of backgrounds.
After secondary school, Law enrolled in Central Saint Martins, a renowned public art university in London, where she studied graphic design and won a prestigious design award in 2009.
She did a one-year post-baccalaureate programme at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, before returning to Hong Kong to work as a graphic designer.
Textile magnate Law Ting-pong standing beside his luxurious car with the number plate 8. Photo: SCMP
Government records show that she is a director of a company called Production Q. The company produces campaigns, and arranges events and exhibitions, its Facebook page says.
Law Ting-pong founded Lawsgroup in Hong Kong in 1975. The clothing maker was listed as Laws Fashion Knitters in 1987, before it was privatised 11 years later. Its portfolio now spans manufacturing, retailing and property.
Lawsgroup now produces apparel in facilities in Shenzhen and Zhuhai , as well as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Myanmar.
The Laws’ patriarch was also one of the founders of Bossini, known for its affordable casual wear, which was spun off for its listing in 1993.
The industrialist, who was born in Guangdong in 1912, had eight children. He died in August 1996, aged 86, without leaving a will detailing a succession plan for his clothing empire. But he drafted a letter, four months before his death, laying out his intentions for his estate after discussing it with his wife, Chan Chor-si.
“Colours of flowers would fade away, man could not live forever. Those who are careful at the beginning would also be careful to the end,” Law Ting-pong wrote in his “letter of wishes”.
He appointed his second son, Law Shuk-hoi, as administrator to handle his assets in accordance with his wishes.
The arrangement was challenged later by Wendy Law Wing-yee, another granddaughter of the late tycoon. She filed a claim in 2008 asking the courts to force Law Shuk-hoi, her uncle, to provide a full account of her grandfather’s assets.
The late tycoon split his wealth, estimated at HK$1 billion back then, into three portions – one for financial assistance to his descendants, one for charity, and the remaining one for a son who had gone missing.
Law Ting-pong said in his letter of wishes that the last portion was “to compensate for [his] fault in the past in failing to discharge [his] paternal duties”.
The trial centred on whether Law Shuk-hoi had “mere power” – absolute authority to distribute the assets – or a “trust power”, meaning he had to distribute the assets but could decide when and how.
The Court of Appeal in 2011 upheld the heir’s right to control the HK$330 million family fund left to the descendants of his late father.
Queenie Law’s father, Raymond, the sixth of Law Ting-pong’s eight children, was also named as a defendant in the trial.
The father of three has in recent years branched out into property development. Some of his most well-known investments in the city include a residential site in Tuen Mun’s Fu Tei and a site in east Kowloon’s Kai Tak area.
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Kidnap victim is ‘down-to-earth’, say her friends
PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 May, 2015, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 May, 2015, 2:17am
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