Battle for Stanley Ho’s Inheritance Starts

Deborah Ho takes legal action at Hong Kong High Court.

Macau casino billionaire Stanley Ho (何鴻燊) passed away on May 25 at the age of 98. While his funeral proceedings have yet to be completed, the fight over his $500-billion-Hong-Kong-dollar fortune has already begun.

Daugher Registers Interest in Estate

Deborah Ho (何超雄), the billionaire’s youngest daughter with his late first wife, has filed a caveat with the probate registry in Hong Kong’s High Court, which bars any dealings in his estate without first notifying her legal representatives. Such notices are typically in effect for six months from the day they are entered.

According to Hong Kong press, Deborah Ho had, in May this year, requested her third sister Angela Ho (何超賢) to hand over contracts of two trust deeds under their mother Clementina Leitao’s (黎婉華) name, property distribution documents and other documents, in the sign of a family rift. She lodged a caveat which prohibited the courts from authorizing administration of the assets without her and her lawyers being made aware. Technically, if any of her relatives raises an estate administration request, she could oppose in her capacity as a trustee, and if both parties could not settle the matter, they would be engaged in a legal tussle. Hence this has been widely interpreted by the legal world as the start of the battle for the hefty inheritance.

Public interest over family infighting

Mario Ho (何猷君), son of Stanley Ho and his fourth wife, had previously made clarifications on social media regarding the fight over the family inheritance. As it was common heresy that any of his children who bears a child could receive a billion-dollar reward, Mario and his supermodel wife Ming Xi’s (奚夢瑤) giving birth to the family’s fifth generation heir and Stanley’s first grandson hence attracted widespread public attention. However, Mario clarified in a lengthy Weibo post that he “did not get a single cent from his dad from having [his son] Ronaldo.” He claimed, “the inheritance had been distributed when I was 15 years old and not even an adult yet.”

On the seventh day of Stanley Ho’s passing, his family arranged funerary rites for him according to Chinese tradition. Despite Mario claiming that inheritance settlements had long been finalized, it was discovered that Mario and his half sibling Laurinda Ho (何超莲), the tycoon’s daughter with his second wife, had recently unfollowed each other on Instagram. Along with Deborah Ho lodging for a caveat in the legal courts, the interactions between the late billionaire’s children have evoked much public interest and curiosity.

With four wives and 16 children, there had been much talk surrounding how Stanley Ho’s inheritance will be distributed even while he was alive. It had been widely speculated Pansy Ho (何超瓊) , eldest daughter of the tycoon and his second wife, would likely have the greatest share of the fortune, as she held the reins to Shun Tak Holdings, the company founded by her father.

Source: Ettoday

This article is written by JoyceK for

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  1. I totally believe there will be a long drawn out fight over inheritance. There’s no way all of the wives and children get along well enough to not battle for a bigger portion. There will be some jealousy and rivalry even if they don’t show it on the outside to the world.

  2. Troubles of the riches. Once u r gone, it hopes of everyone staying together staying strong immediately shatters. Living in harmony was merely a facade to give the old mans peace of mind until he dies.
    Got my popcorn and peanuts ready for the real life moonlight resonance to premiere

    1. @m0m0
      I agree and this sounds like a real life drama. Being a part of a rich family has a lot of problems too. The father should have left a will but maybe he did not so they are fighting. Let’s get the popcorn and drinks ready for this big battle over inheritance. I am glad my family is not like this after one of my brothers passed. We signed it all over to my other brother and did not take anything. Our parents taught us not to value money too much.

    2. @m0m0 Ditto. Okay! Call me weird but that sounds like a great drama: Trouble of the Riches- modern take! Lol does anyone know of similar dramas for me to binge?

    3. @m0m0 Bahahah moonlight resonance thats is exactly what I had in mind too! But which is the good and bad side?

    1. @pompidur
      Wasn’t Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles basically projecting Stanley Ho? Now we await the Heart of Greed part.
      Actually, it’s more like Two Steps from Heaven lol, except you’ve got four “families”.

  3. So the picture above is Deborah Ho? Don’t get me wrong but I really thought it’s a man? I knew it’s time to fights over money.

    1. @cutie777
      I thought so too. It is sad that they are still fighting if he left a will. He should have split it all up before he died to avoid all this.

      1. @hetieshou
        very obvious that the old man did not want to split the family and wanted them to stay together so they didn’t split before he died.

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