Sir Ellis Kadoorie (1865-12-07 — 1922-02-24) was a Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist.

He was a member of the wealthy Baghdadian family that had large business interests in the Far East.

His brother was Sir Elly Kadoorie, and his nephew was Lawrence Kadoorie.





The three outstanding owners in the Club’s first three decades were not the usual owner-riders —

nor were they all officials of the Club.

Neither were they Europeans. All may be called Middle Easterners, and all came from India.

Three knights, they were representative of a phase of Britain’s colonial and early racing history.

They are Sir Paul Chater (Chairman of the Club from 1892 to 1926), Sir Hormusjee Mody and Sir Ellis Kadoorie.


Global Dynasty


The Kadoorie family (Arabic: خضوري‎) or Kaddouri (Hebrew: כדורי‎) or Khodori, meaning ‘Spherical’,

They are a wealthy family, originally Mizrahi Jews from Baghdad.

From the mid-18th century they were established in Bombay, India.

With the Sassoons in Shanghai, Kadoories becoming one of the wealthiest families in Asia.



Oriental Chief


1865, Sir Ellis was born in Baghdad.

He was another old member who did not hanker after office in the Club and was seldom heard at meetings of members.


1890s and towards the end of the century, another strong and popular stable was established by him,uncle of the well-known Kadoorie brothers, Lawrence and Horace.

While his “CHIEF” stable was a large one, however, the successes of his “Violet with white braid and orange badge” were rather less than he deserved.


1904, he had a string of four ponies, one of which, named CHIEFTAIN, was second in the Derby.

But he was soon an owner to be reckoned with.


1906, Sir Ellis Kadoorie in this year began calling his ponies all “CHIEFs”.


1908, he had a discouraging year, scoring one win and nine thirds!


1913, when his big, tall pony, FIJIAN CHIEF won the Maidens, Derby and Champions.


1915 his string of ponies had lengthened to 14. Unhappily, they did little and frustration was again his lot.


In the Derby his AUSTRALIAN CHIEF and ENGLISH CHIEF finished second and third to Sir Paul’s PERFECTION DAHLIA.


1917, he was knighted.


1918-02-26, he won the Derby again, this time with TYTAM CHIEF.

As one of the best-liked and most esteemed men at Happy Valley he was roundly cheered as he led his jockey in to weigh.

(Twenty-five minutes later, with another uproar, the Fire of Happy Valley Racecourse holocaust occurred.)

1921, Sir Ellis Kadoorie’s HONG KONG CHIEF, made name for itself.


1922, illness prevented him from attending the Annual Meeting.


1922-02-20 Monday, Hill won the Garrison Cup with REPULSE BAY CHIEF — and that was the Kadoorie stable’s last race.


1922-02-24, he passed away just before the fourth day of the Annual Meeting.Races.

He became one of the eminent racing man to be farewelled by the thunder of hoofs.





Sir Ellis Kadoorie, great public benefactor in the field of education in Shanghai and Hongkong.

He was a generous philanthropist and gave to the Colony two schools bearing his name,

one for Indian boys and one for Chinese boys.





Sir Ellis was a big, quiet man, he had many friends.

A feature of his box at Happy Valley was that the gentlemen of the Press were always invited to lunch there.

Reporters remembered him with affection. Unfailingly on the first day of each Annual Meeting he would present himself at the Press Box.

He invited them all to tiffin for every day of the Meeting,

Tiffin being a magnificent chicken curry with all the trimmings,

it was a treat much appreciated — the curries were said to have been beyond compare.

The China Mail correspondent wrote:

“the tiffins laid down in the tents adjoining the different stables were the most pleasing feature that came under my notice.”





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