Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong businessman

Lai Chee-Ying (Chinese: 黎智英, born 8 December 1947 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China), known professionally as Jimmy Lai, is a Hong Kong entrepreneur. He founded Giordano, an Asian clothing retailer, and Next Digital (Formerly Next Media), a Hong Kong-listed media company and a Chinese-language media group. He is one of the main contributors to the pro-democracy camp, especially to the Democratic Party.

Lai and Martin Lee at 1 July marches, 2013

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  • I don't regret my support for the protest movement. I came here empty-handed, and I owe everything I've got to the freedom of Hong Kong. Maybe it's time for me to give it back... I think there's more to life than money.
    • June 16, 2020, interviewed by AFP[1]
  • I don't want to leave Hong Kong, the only thing we can do is persist, not to lose spirit or hope. And to think that what is right will eventually prevail.
    • June 16, 2020, interviewed by AFP[1]
  • I am not leaving Hong Kong, I will stay and fight until the last day, whether or not I am a prime target of Beijing's use of national security laws to suppress, it does not matter. Everyone in Hong Kong, especially those working in the media, is worried because anything we say or publish publicly could be used by the government as evidence of subversion or incitement to disorder.

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