Michelle Ong

Michelle Ong

Co-founder and creative director of the jewellery house Carnet and chairman of First Initiative Foundation, Michelle Ong is a member of the French Légion d’Honneur and holds the Honour of Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy. She was recognised as one of the World’s Best Jewellers in The Times in 2012 and one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2017, and also sits on the board of Le French May. Carnet jewellery is worn by the world’s most discerning collectors, and has been showcased in films such as Crazy Rich Asians, and featured in books, including a collectible volume by Thames & Hudson titled Carnet by Michelle Ong. Through First Initiative Foundation, Ong has been the powerhouse behind some of Hong Kong’s most high-profile cultural community outreach programmes, including the Young Scholars Program with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.


A connector of people, Ong has a rolodex featuring a who’s who of the world, and has used it to create some explosive collaborations, whether it’s a giant T-Rex fossil landing at a high-traffic Hong Kong shopping mall, or this year’s musical collaboration between soprano Renée Fleming, pianist Lang Lang, composer Leon Ko and local pop star Eason Chan.


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