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Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-Fan Dies at 92

May 19, 2002

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HONG KONG (AP) _ Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-fan, a prominent politician and businessman who brought the first McDonald’s restaurant to Hong Kong, has died at the age of 92, newspapers reported Sunday.

Obituary notices in newspapers said Fung died in a hospital on May 16.

Fung was one of three sons of Fung Ping-shan, a co-founder of the Bank of East Asia, and became chief manager and a director of the bank in Hong Kong.

At 28, Fung established Fung Ping Fan Group, which in 1975 bought a McDonald’s franchise and introduced the fast-food restaurant to Hong Kong. He was knighted in 1971 by Britain, which ruled Hong Kong until 1997.

Fung was also a lawmaker, an adviser to Hong Kong’s government and an economic consultant for the government of Chongqing, a booming city in southwestern mainland China.

He was among the first members of the Photographic Society of Hong Kong when it was formed in 1937.

He was also known for charity work. He was the founder and president of Hong Kong’s World Wide Fund For Nature and was district governor of Rotary International.

Fung is survived by his four sons and one daughter.

His family plans a funeral service at Hong Kong’s St. John’s Cathedral on May 25.

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