Profit & Principle

Victor Chu

I recently watched an interview with leading Hong Kong businessman Victor Chu (above) on Channel NewsAsia and was deeply struck by one thing that he shared. Hanging on his office wall is a piece of calligraphy by his late father of a Tang poem, which can be translated as:

A mountain doesn’t need to be very high
to be famous
So long as there is a god

An ocean doesn’t need to be very deep
to be spiritual
So long as there is a dragon

Therefore a gentleman’s home does not need
to be luxurious
So long as he has humility
he is ethical
And he is true to his own community
and to his friends.

This is the first thing that Mr Chu sees every day when he walks into his office, a reminder of his values and principles to start his day. I was moved by how deep his values are, and how deeply committed he is to them. It is compelling evidence that profit and principle can co-exist, however difficult it may be to pursue both in the ruthless world of business. This would be wonderful food for thought for GP questions like ” ‘Entrepreneurship is just another name for personal greed.’ To what extent do you agree?”


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