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Shanghai Tang founder David Tang dies

Sir David Tang, founder of fashion label Shanghai Tang and prominent socialite, has died aged 63.

Sir David Tang

Shanghai Tang confirms Sir David Tang’s death

Shanghai Tang confirmed his death. The outspoken entrepreneur had been suffering from poor health, which he revealed in his weekly advice column for The Financial Times.

He died on Tuesday night (29 August) at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea after battling liver cancer, according to media reports.

Tang, who was born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, divided his time between the two places.

He famously recounted how he was sent to The Perse School in Cambridge at the age of 13, without knowing a word of English. However, he graduated with a degree in philosophy at King’s College London and a master’s in law at Cambridge.

He founded upmarket brand Shanghai Tang, which pioneered the use of Chinese retro themes in fashion, in 1994. Swiss luxury group Richemont acquired a controlling stake four years later and took full ownership in 2008. It was purchased by Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Bastagli for an undisclosed sum in July.

Tang was a director on and advisor to several boards, including Tommy Hilfiger. He was also known for creating the private members concept China Club in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as the restaurant chain China Tang.

As someone who thrived on the social scene, Tang counted Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and the Duchess of York among his friends.

Tang had planned to throw a party at The Dorchester hotel in London to bid his friends farewell after he was told he had weeks to live, various papers reported.

In 2008, Tang was knighted for his services to charity.

He is survived by his mother and brother, his wife Lucy Wastnage and a daughter and son from his first marriage.

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