Mr. Raymond Chow
Original name Chow Ting-hsing, Raymond Chow graduated from St. John University's Journalism Department in Shanghai. In 1948, he worked as a trainee journalist at Shanghai's Shun Pao. He relocated to Hong Kong in 1949, and worked as reporter at English newspaper Hong Kong Standard. He joined Shaw Brothers in 1957 starting off as Public Relations Manager and was promoted to the positions of Vice General Manager and Manager of Production in 1964. In 1970, he struck out on his own and founded the Golden Harvest (HK) Limited, bringing with him Leonard Ho and Leung Fung. He created his own cinema network and set up a satellite company network with prominent directors or actors. Chow signed on Bruce Lee on his return to Hong Kong and was instrumental in propelling Bruce Lee to superstardom in the international film market. Chow is renowned for his achievements in developing overseas markets for Hong Kong films, and he was awarded the International Showman of the Year Award by the National Association of Theatre Owners, USA in 1980. In 2008, he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Awards.