Dr. Ken CHU
Ken Chu, born in 1974 in Hong Kong, graduated from Western University in Canada and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree in 2007 by his alma mater. Kenis a National Committee Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Mission Hills Group Chairman and CEO.
Ken joined Mission Hills Group in 1995, the same year he graduated, participating in the Group’s leisure expansion in Mainland China. Mission Hills Group has built 22 top-rated golf courses and established China as a popular golfing destination. Transforming barren land on the outskirts of Shenzhen and Dongguan and volcanic desert on tropical Hainan Island as the World’s Largest Golf Club and the World’s Largest Mineral Springs and Spa Resort accredited by Guinness World Records, and is awarded National 5A-Level Scenic Spot, the highest level for tourist attractions in China.
A series of exciting new projects led by Ken include the 500,000-sqm Mission Hills Centreville Shenzhen and 330,000-sqm Mission Hills Centreville Haikou opened in 2015, two HOPSCA (Hotels, Offices, Parks, Shopping, Culture and Arts) mixed-use developments with a focus on "Retail-tainment” and “Edu-tainment", providing one-stop recreational, entertainment, shopping, leisure and cultural experiences; as well as the 930,000-square meter Mission Hills•Huayi Brothers•Feng Xiaogang Movie Town in Haikou.
Under Ken’s vision and leadership, Mission Hills has expanded its portfolio from three traditional businesses of golf, integrated leisure tourism and real-estate to eight major business segments incorporating leisure tourism; cultural, entertainment and commercial ventures; golf tourism; real estate; education; themed tourism; health and wellness tourism; and brand cooperation. In partnerships with China’s largest film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Australia’s leading entertainment group and largest theme park operator Village Roadshow Limited and international brands from Europe, USA, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan etc., Mission Hills Group is diversifying from golf tourism to establish itself as a pre-eminent leisure hub for multi-generational families.
Ken plays a pivotal role in connecting China to the world, and bringing the world to China, through sports. Acknowledged as a pioneer and leader of China’s burgeoning tourism sector, Mission Hills Group has hosted over 100 major international tournaments and renowned celebrities on its premises. Ken has skillfully and successfully introduced leisure elements to augment Mission Hills’ world-class golf facilities, playing an integral role in transforming Mission Hills to attract the non-golfing population to visit a golf destination as a family. Ken’s innovative “golf and more” leisure philosophy to connect golf with different populations and across generations, mixing business, leisure, entertainment, retail-tainment, edu-tainment and technology to keep the sport in the family not just exclusively for men, is a game-changer. In recognition for his influence, commitment and contributions towards growing the game of golf, Ken has been ranked No. 1 on the Asia Power List for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016. In October 2016, Ken will be inducted into the 2016 Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame,an honor bestowed by the Asia Pacific Golf Group for his significant contributions to golf globally.
Over the past 25 years, Mission Hills Group has made great contributions to the sports development in China and was a major sponsor of the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong and assisted Shenzhen City in its successful bid to host the 2011 Universiade. Besides sports, the Group has been dedicated to philanthropy with charity donations exceeding RMB 500 million.