Mario Ho’s (何猷君) engagement to Chinese supermodel Ming Xi (奚夢瑤) has been the talk of the town. The 24-year-old, youngest son to billionaire casino tycoon Stanley Ho (何鴻燊), proposed to Ming with 99,999 roses in Shanghai’s L’Avenue Mall, owned by Mario’s mother Angela Leong (梁安琪).
But it’s not the romantics of the proposal that people are talking about. It’s the business side.
Mario and Ming are portrayed as the perfect couple—Ming is a successful supermodel, having walked the Victoria’s Secret runway show for six years. And Mario—despite his family’s wealth—is successful in his own right, being the CEO of his own software company which he established.
Being one of the youngest of Stanley’s 17 children, Mario has a complicated family history. He is one of the last in line to succeed Stanley’s business—if he ever will at all—and to stand out among his siblings, he must work hard to impress. Growing up in an extremely stressful household, Mario always has to find his own ways to break out—good grades, win countless of math competitions and world class tests, and going into a good college, which became MIT.
But as we hit the golden age of the Internet world, no amount of money and resources is more valuable than hits and exposure.
For the last few years, Mario took a step out of his private shell to make appearances in various Chinese variety shows, one of which he met Ming in. The constant exposure in TV and social media definitely made Mario a more relevant name to the media.
Mario and Ming’s pairing was popular since the start. One is a young and successful rich guy, and another is a supermodel who is six years older. The boy is a hopeless romantic, and the girl is fierce and tsundere. It makes for a perfect romantic comedy.
Indeed, after Mario and Ming started dating, Mario’s relevance spiked, and so did his businesses. It’s a win-win scenario for both Ming, who is marrying into a wealthy family, and Mario, who is now a familiar name.
That is not to say that there is no love between them—marriage is a two-way street after all. A partnership, a deal, and a lifetime of promises.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.