LIM Por-yen


Thriving Establishment


Mr Lim Por-yen was a Hong Kong textiles tycoon, real estate businessman, once a Chairman of the Board and Permanent Honorary Chairman of Asia Television (ATV), race horse owner and philanthropist as well.


1914-12-21, Lim Por-yen was born in Chaoyang, Guangdong, and moved to Hong Kong with his father Lim Xian Zi, a Shantou banker before WWII.


Flourishing Development

1930, they moved to Hong Kong and their Sing Fuk Textile Manufacturing Company was established.


1939, they developed in the area of Kowloon City.


1945, he started Lai Sun Garment, a manufacturer in Sham Shui Po for export.


He earned himself the nickname of “African King”, when he exported cheap military uniforms to African countries.


1970,he entered real estate to invest industrial buildings.


1972, his company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.


1987, he set up another vehicle, Lai Sun Development, successfully diversified into real estate.


1988, he partnered with New World Development and became the biggest shareholder of Asia Television (ATV).


1989-01-31, his company Lai Sun International was listed in the Hang Seng Index.


2005-02-18, he passed away from complications of lung infection.







Horse Racing:


The inaugural Hong Kong Invitation Cup, 1988


The Hong Kong Invitation Cup race was first held on 24 January 1988 at the Sha Tin Racecourse. Six overseas runners from Malaysia and Singapore with their jockeys and trainers were invited to compete with six local runners.


The winning horse was FLYING DANCER, ridden by Bart Leisher and trained by Brian Kan, owned by Mr Lim Por Yen.


Horses under his name:


1982-12-04 — 1991-04-17 JOEY


1986-02-01 — 1989-00-18 HANDCLAP (BB128)


1987-05-10 — 1990-04-21 FLYING DANCER (1985-10-26 racing under previous owners.


1993-03-13 — 1998-10-01 GOLDEN ERA


1998-03-15 — 2000-09-27 WORD OF HONOUR


FLYING DANCER was trained by Kan, had 5 firsts, 7 seconds and 2 thirds in his racing career, and won the inaugural Hong Kong Invitation Cup on 1988-01-24.


JOEY won the inaugural Centenary Sprint Cup.


Attended & Winning Trainer:
Brian P C Kan


Winning Jockeys:
D Brosnan, Y S Tsui, K H Ting, W H Tse, B Leiser, A S Cruz, W Ryan, P Leyshan, J Quinn, W Woods, P Strydom




He donated to the University of Hong Kong‘s SARS Fund and helped to establish the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole.


2003, his support of the HKU Foundation and to the university in general over the years earned him an honorary fellowship.


2004, he also endowed an Eye Genetics Research Center (named after him) at the CUHK.


He was respectfully addressed as’ Lim Bo’ (Uncle Lim).


1980, deeply attached to his hometown and mainland China, he initiated a massive program of donation to four secondary schools in Shantou.


1994, he founded a technical college there with a donation of ¥35 million, and endowed Shantou City Education Foundation with a further ¥10 million.


He is said to have made in excess of ¥700 million in donations to causes throughout China, of which Shantou’s share was more than half.


He has been a supporter of education in Hong Kong by setting up several schools.




1993 April, as Consultant of Hong Kong Affairs.


1995 December, member of Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


1996 November, member of Selection Committee for electing the first chief executive and Provisional Legislative Council.







HKU Honorary University Fellowships


HKU Foundation for Educational Development and Research


Honorable Citizen of GuangZhou.


ATV Permanent Honorable Chairman





Lim Por Yen, owner, HKJC





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