amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR Mourns the Loss of Sir David Tang


Hong Kong-based philanthropist and international entrepreneur Sir David Tang passed away in London on August 29 after a long battle with cancer. Sir David was a close friend and supporter of amfAR, and was an influential force behind the success of the amfAR Gala Hong Kong benefit event series.

He served as an Event Co-Chair for amfAR Gala Hong Kong each year since the inaugural event in 2015, when he paid tribute on behalf of amfAR to his friend and actress Michelle Yeoh for her contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS. He took the stage again at amfAR Gala Hong Kong earlier this year to present the amfAR Award of Courage to his friend, businesswoman and fellow philanthropist and amfAR supporter Pansy Ho.

Sir David Tang was a Hong Kong businessman known across the world for his countless enterprises and involvement in the arts and charity initiatives. He was the founder of Shanghai Tang, the first international luxury brand to emerge from China. In 2008, Sir David was honored with the title Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his charity work.

“Sir David Tang was a force of nature in both the business and the philanthropic worlds,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “He was gracious, charming, and deeply generous, and we will be forever grateful for his invaluable contributions to amfAR.”  

Sir David is survived by his wife, Lady Lucy Tang and his two children, Victoria Tang-Owen and Edward Tang.