Hong Kong media mogul and philanthropist Run Run Shaw, aged 107, died at his home on Tuesday morning.
Announcing the news, Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) said that Shaw, its chairman emeritus, passed away peacefully in the company of his family at 6:55 a.m. local time.
Shaw was one of the founding directors of TVB in 1967 and remained its executive chairman for 30 years.
With his vision and energy, he had built the company to become Hong Kong’s premier television station and a world leader in the Chinese-language television industry.
TVB said that Shaw’s funeral would be a private affair. A memorial service will be held; however, the date is yet to be announced.
I’m so sad to hear of Sir Run Run Shaw’s passing. He lived a great life for 107 years(!) and leaves behind such a legacy.
This man basically shaped my childhood and who I am today by forming and founding TVB. It was because of him that I have so many fond memories of the dramas I watched when I was little, gathering around the television with my family during dinner. It’s because of him that I still have such a strong interest and love for my culture today. It’s because of him that I can still speak and understand Cantonese even though I grew up overseas, never took any Chinese lessons, and spoke mainly English for most of my life. I can’t even imagine how out of touch with my culture and family I’d be if I hadn’t had such a love for watching dramas growing up.
So, thank you, Sir Run Run. Thank you for my childhood. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for making part of who I am today. May you rest in peace <3