Dr. Richard Lee
For over 10 years, served as The Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wo Kee Hong (Holdings) Ltd. which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1991; the Chairman & CEO of China Premium Lifestyle Enterprise, Inc., an OTCBB listed company in U.S.A.; The Honorary Chairman of Italian Motors (Sales & Service); Honorary Chairman of Auto Italia Ltd., importer of “Ferrari & Maserati” sports cars in Hong Kong and Macau;
Dr. Lee is the Chairman & CEO of The Wo Kee Hong Group of Companies, including as Chairman of Rogers International Ltd.; M. F. Lee Asset Company Limited and sits on the Board of more than 100 other companies. Wo Kee Hong was founded 65 years ago in Hong Kong by his father, Mr Wing Sum Lee.
He was elected as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Radio Association (1995-1999). He is one of the Directors of this association which is a trade organization serving the interests of audio visual and consumer electronics businesses in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, the association jointly hosted in co-operation with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in ten consecutive years the “International Audio Visual Show” in Hong Kong, each attended by about 200,000 people.
He organized and held many similar exhibitions and car shows in numerous key cities in Mainland China.
Amongst his various achievements are the introduction of air-conditioning systems, sports cars, motor yachts, mobile entertainment, hi-fi systems, laser disc and karaoke entertainment to Hong Kong and Mainland China including launching of the first “Ferrari” and “Maserati” sports cars in China in 1993 and 1994 respectively. Such achievements were reported by the international media like CNN, Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Asia Weekly, etc. He also brought the discount warehouse outlet concept to Hong Kong with the introduction of Mega Warehouse in 1997.
He is The Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Qingdao Association, a committee member of Dongguan Youth Federation. He was awarded the Special Contribution Award and he was named the Honourable Citizen by the Jiangmen City Government in Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China.
He was invited as the Honorary President of Association for the Promotion of Education, Jiangmen City in Guangdong province; and a Deputy Chairman of Jiangmen Wuyi Overseas Club.
He has made major contributions possible towards the Hong Kong Community Chest; Po Leung Kuk; Mothers’ Choice; Mothers’ Love in Mainland China; Children’s Cancer Fund; Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Beijing Olympic Games Application Committee; Chinese Central Philharmonic Orchestra; Guangdong Philharmonic Orchestra; the World Wide Fund For Nature; Jiangmen Wuyi University; and Jiangmen First High School. The sum of the above contributions exceeded HK$20 million.
He has served as a Governor for the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for more than four years and is an Adjunct Professor in the City University of Hong Kong from January 2011, and the Honourable Principal of Jiangmen First High School since 2002.
In September 2006, Dr. Lee was bestowed the title of “Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity” by Hon. Romano Prodi, the Prime Minister of Italy, in recognition of his contribution in advancing Italian business and culture in Hong Kong and PRC.
He is the Founder of “Lanzhou University Italian Cultural Research Centre” & “China Renaissance Education Foundation”. Also Patron of “Comitato della Dante Alighieri di Hong Kong”.
Since 2008 Dr. Lee was honoured as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of Dalian in Mainland China. He was conferred the prestigious “Honorary Doctor of the Business Administration Degree” by International American University; and “World Outstanding Chinese Award” by World Chinese Business Foundation.
He was invited as a member of Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executive Association, an Executive Director of Hong Kong Guangxi Chamber of Commerce and Advisor by Hong Kong Shue Yan University, School of Law and Business.
He was elected as one of the Distinguished Chinese Alumni Award by the University of Minnesota in its China 100 years celebration in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the University and community.