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Pollyanna Chu

Pollyanna Chu

Pollyanna Chu (Chu Yuet wah)
Native name 朱李月華
Born Yuet Wah Lee
British Hong Kong
Residence Hong Kong
Alma mater Golden Gate University
Occupation CEO of Kingston Financial Group
CEO of Golden Resorts Group
Chairman of Sincere Watch
Net worth Increase US$10.2 billion (30 January 2018)
Spouse(s) Nicholas Chu
Children 1 son

Pollyanna Chu (Chu Yuet WahChinese朱李月華) is a billionaire businesswoman from Hong Kong. She is an executive of Kingston Financial Group, Golden Resorts Group, and Sincere Watch. As of 30 January 2018, Chu’s estimated worth was US$10.2 billion, making her the 14th richest person in Hong Kong.[1]

Early life[edit]

In 1958 Chu was born as Yuet Wah Lee in British Hong Kong. Her father was Wai Man Lee. She grew up in Aberdeen, Hong Kong[2]


Pollyanna Chu moved to the United States at the age of 18. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Golden Gate University and awarded an Honorary Ph.D. in Business Management by York University, United States.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married her husband, Nicholas[4] who she met while studying in San Francisco.[5] She has one child named Kingston, who was born in San Francisco, but raised in Hong Kong.[6][7] In Nov 2015, her son Kingston celebrated his wedding with Kelly Lo in Hong Kong.[8]


Pollyanna and her husband Nicholas Chu became real estate investors on her father’s recommendation and moved to Hong Kong in 1992 to pursue the business.[3][4]

Kingston Financial Group Limited[edit]

Following success in California real estate, they founded Kingston Financial in 1992. The company was named after their son.[3] Chu served as Managing Director,[4] but co-ran Kingston Financial with her husband.[6] The company initially focused on IPO distribution and mergers and acquisitions, finding particular success in 2010 as a top five firm in the latter pursuit.

As of 2016, Chu is the CEO and Executive Director of Kingston Financial Group Limited.[9] As of 2016, she is the biggest shareholder and CEO of Kingston Financial.[3] According to Bloomberg’s League Tables, in 2016, Kingston Financial is ranked the 1st as the leading Placing Agent and Underwriter in Hong Kong with 47 issues. The Group is also ranked the 3rd M&A Financial Adviser in Hong Kong with 22 deals.

Securities and Futures Commission[edit]

In 1997 she was “fined…for working as an unregistered dealer.” Chu was accused of market manipulation in 2003 by the Securities and Futures Commission.[10]

Golden Resorts Group[edit]

Chu is the CEO of the Golden Resorts Group Limited.[4][11] It is engaged in the hotel and gaming business, notably Casa Real Hotel and Grandview Hotel in Macau.

Sincere Watch Limited[edit]

In 2012, she bought a 100% stake in Sincere Watch Limited, which is currently run by her son, Kingston Chu.[3][12]

In May 2012, Chu became the executive director of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited and Director of Sincere Watch Limited. In July 2012, she became the Chairman of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited.[13]

In July, 2012, she was named chairwoman of Franck Muller‘s Asia-Pacific operations.[14]


  • Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Financial Group (1031.HK) [9]
  • Chairman of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited (444.HK) [13]


Chu was given the “Outstanding Chinese Prize” in 2008.[4] In 2012, Forbes Asia listed her as one of their “Women In The Mix”, their #35 Power Woman of 2017, their #549 ‘Billionaire’ of 2016, and their #16 out of ‘Hong Kong’s 50 Richest’ in 2016.[15]


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  10. Jump up^ Harris, Nick (15 January 2011). “The Premier League demands answers on Pollyana Chu’s Birmingham deal”Sport. London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  11. Jump up^ “ Dr. CHU Yuet Wah”. Retrieved Nov 12, 2016.
  12. Jump up^ “Chu Pollyanna”Hong Kong’s 50 RichestForbes. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
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  14. Jump up^ Chen, Vivian. “Time is right for Pollyanna Chu to take the helm at Franck Muller’s Asia-Pacific operation”EntertainmentSouth China Morning Post. Retrieved 3 March2013.
  15. Jump up^ Scott, Mary E. “Asia’s Women In The Mix, 2013: The Year’s Top 50 for Achievement In Business”Forbes AsiaForbes. Retrieved 3 March 2013.