Thomas Kwok, former co-chairman of Hong Kong developer Sun Hung Kai Properties and one of Asia’s richest men, was released from prison on Thursday after serving more than three years of his five-year sentence for corruption.
Mr Kwok, was found guilty of bribing Rafael Hui in 2014 as the latter prepared to become the territory’s chief secretary — the number two government position. His brother and then co-chair, Raymond Kwok, was cleared of all charges against him.
Mr Kwok was greeted with a firm hug at the gate of Stanley Prison from his brother, his son Adam and daughter Noelle.
“I am very excited. I couldn’t sleep yesterday,» the property tycoon, who was dressed in a suit and red tie, told the media. He said that he most wanted «go home”, adding that he had ordered a dim sum meal.
He said he has no intention to return to work at the moment and that he wants to «take a rest first». He explained he needs to catch up with changes in the world and Hong Kong since his detention.
“I would like to visit other countries to learn from their advantages as well as how the latest technology affects us, and how to incorporate technology into the business,” he said.
Sun Hung Kai is one of Hong Kong’s biggest developers with a market capitalisation of $38bn.