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Michael Ying

Michael Ying

Ying, 65, started with Esprit in 1971 as its primary sourcing agent. By 2002, he had bought them out to become the fashion retailer’s sole owner. He listed the wildly successful Esprit Far East on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1993 — from then to 2006, the company expanded globally with sales increasing 30-fold from HK$769.7 million to HK$23.3 billion. Although he has stepped down, Ying still has a stake in the firm.