2nd June 2023 – (Hong Kong) Paul Chow Man-yiu, the former CEO of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), has passed away at the age of 76. His family confirmed that he died peacefully at a hospital in Hong Kong on Thursday night, surrounded by his loved ones.
Chow was a well-respected figure in the financial sector, having served as the Director of Operations of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the predecessor of HKEX, in 1989. He later became the CEO of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and returned to the post-merger HKEX as CEO in 2003. He retired from the position in early 2010.
Throughout his career, Chow was known for his leadership and dedication to the development of Hong Kong’s financial markets. Under his leadership, HKEX achieved significant growth and expanded its global reach, becoming one of the world’s leading stock exchanges.
After retiring from the financial sector in recent years, Chow did not serve as a director of any listed companies since his resignation from CHINA MOBILE in May 2022. Despite this, he remained an influential figure in the finance industry and was highly regarded by his peers and colleagues.
Meanwhile, the Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Mr Paul Chow.
“Mr Chow served as the Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong as well as the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. He had made substantial contributions to the development of financial services and innovation and technology in Hong Kong. Mr Chow was sincere and warm-hearted, and devoted himself to serving the community, having served in various professional and advisory bodies, courts/councils of universities and charitable organisations. Mr Chow was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star in 2010 by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
“I express sorrow over the passing of Mr Chow, and would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family,” Mr Chan said.