Dr. Johnny Sei-Hoe Hon

Honorary Consul of Grenada in Hong Kong and Chairman of the Global Group of Companies

B.Sc (Hons), M.A., Ph.D. (Cantab), D.Litt., F.A.B.I., F.A.O.E., ASI

In just nine years, Dr. Johnny Hon has built up an international conglomerate, with diverse interests ranging over banking, property development, financial services, education, media, entertainment and leisure, sports, gaming, telecoms, mining and biotechnology.

Yet, whilst building the Global Group of companies from scratch, Johnny has also managed to pursue a wide range of charitable, diplomatic and political interests.

He is the Ambassador-at-Large and Honorary Consul of Grenada in Hong Kong and holds official positions with four governments. Besides, Johnny is often consulted by Presidents, Prime Ministers and other state leaders who value his advice and insights.

He is a Patron of educational funds and scholarships involving Oxford, Cambridge and Peking Universities, designed to provide the best possible educational opportunities for Chinese and Korean students.

Johnny is deeply proud of his Hong Kong roots and Chinese heritage and does everything possible to promote harmonious relationships and mutually profitable trade and investment between China and the United Kingdom. He is the Vice Chairman of the 48 Group Club, the famous ‘Icebreakers’, whose continued pioneering role is deeply appreciated by China’s most senior leaders.

In 1985, at the age of thirteen, Johnny moved to the United Kingdom to study at Uppingham School. He graduated from King's College London in 1993, and was awarded a place at Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge where he completed a Ph.D. in Psychiatry. He also holds postgraduate qualifications from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and from Harvard University, as well as being a guest Professor at a number of well-known Chinese universities.

Johnny set up Global Corporate Management Ltd. after gaining expertise in financial planning, lending, portfolio management, tax structuring and trust formation at ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong. As Chairman of Global Group (Asia) Ltd. the business has continued to evolve and grow under his visionary leadership. He is currently a director of companies on four continents

As China and its economy increasingly make their impact felt both in the West and in the developing world, Johnny and the Global Group are capitalising on local expertise, strategic insight and carefully nurtured relationships to drive ‘win win’ business opportunities and trade forward.

Johnny is a qualified financial adviser and is an Associate of the Securities and Investment Institute. He has helped numerous companies and individuals to raise funding and has been particularly active in assisting a growing number of Chinese companies to list on the London markets, maximising the potential for cooperation between these two great economies.

Johnny is a Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship, a Founder Benefactor of Asia House and is involved in a great variety of philanthropic activities both within the Chinese community and further afield. He is a committee member of the Senior Advisory Committee to the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies. Johnny also serves on the committees of numerous Hong Kong charities.

Never forgetting his Cambridge links, Johnny has helped fund and establish an Intellectual Disability Research Foundation in the city. Johnny is a partner of the China UK Cambridge Venture Park, which assists Chinese companies, especially high-tech firms, to invest in or promote their products and progress their research and development in the UK and throughout Europe.

With numerous publications, awards and titles to his name, Johnny has achieved a great deal in a very short period of time. The Global Group is growing at a rapid rate, employing an increasing number of staff and operating in more diverse areas than ever before. Under Johnny's Chairmanship, the group is certainly assured of a bright and prosperous future.

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Updated on 20 March, 2008


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