Shelley Man Hoi Tsang is the 74th generation of the Zeng Clan. Her ancestor Zengzi is one of the Four Sages of Confucianism in China.
Shelley was born in Hong Kong. She was living in her family Beijing courtyard in the south of Zhongnanhai since she was a child. Her family was actively engaged in global business, government and military fields.
Shelley is a member of the Mensa High IQ Club. She graduated from The University of Hong Kong and studied at Harvard University, The University of Oxford and Gemological Institute of America.
Shelley founded SIG Group Holding in 2012. She has been integrating family business, exploring new business opportunities, and developing new markets over these years.
AJP, Gemological Institute of America, 2019
HBX CORe, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, 2018
From Poverty to Prosperity, Blavatnik School of Government, The University of Oxford, 2017
ChinaX, Harvard University, 2015
Bachelor of Arts, The University of Hong Kong, 2007
Zengzi (505-425 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and disciple of Confucius.
Zengzi is revered as one of the Four Sages of Confucianism. He was an influential proponent of filial piety, one of the major tenets of Confucianism, and under the guidance of Confucius, he became the author or editor of The Classic of Filial Piety, a work which examined the importance of this tenet in the Confucian system.
After the death of Confucius, Zengzi assembled disciples around him and preached the way of Confucius. Together with Zisi, he was the founder of the Confucian tradition that would later become famous under Mengzi.
During the reign of Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712-755) of the Tang dynasty (618-907), he was given the honorific title of Earl of Cheng. When the status of Mengzi rose under the influence of the Neo-Confucians during the early Song period (960-1279), Zengzi also became one of the highest saints in the "Heaven" of the Confucians. Emperor Huizong of the Song (r. 1100-1125) bestowed on him the title of Marquis Wucheng, Emperor Duzong (r. 1264-1274) as Duke of Cheng.
In Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Zengzi was given the title of Duke Zongsheng and became the third Confucian saint, only after Yan Yuan and Confucius himself.
The Zeng Clan Temple showcasing the calligraphies bestowed by emperors for the appointment of four important Prime Ministers at different times during Song Dynasty from 960 to 1270. The clan was famous for the good reputation of "One Clan, Four Prime Ministers". The Zeng Clan Temple was established over a thousand years ago and still serve as the connection of the clan.
The Zeng family was one of the most important families doing international trading in Quanzhou and Zhangzhou since the Song Dynasty. Quanzhou was the starting point of China's Maritime Silk Road. During the Song and Yuan Dynasties, Quanzhou was hailed as the "world's largest port" by the medieval traveller Marco Polo. Zhangzhou was the major port for trading with Portugal and Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries.
In the 19th Century, Shelley’s family moved to Southeast Asia. Her family monopolized the development of modern Indonesian rice industry and ranked as one of the richest family in Indonesia in the 1950s. The family was also engaged in a series of integrated business including logging, shipbuilding, manufacturing, etc.
Shelley’s grandfather Tjan Khoengiok was devoted to expanding the family business. He developed his steel, powerboats and aircraft business. He was also the patented inventor of Vertical Landing and Take-Off aircraft. In the 1930s, he had interacted with Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor, on the future of engine and aero-industry development.
Shelley’s grandfather Tjan Khoengiok graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai in the 1920s.
The Vertical Landing and Take-Off (VLTO) aircraft model by Tjan Khoengiok, invented in the 1930s.
Shelley’s mother came from an old Beijing family. Shelley's great grandfather was one of the Four Big Tigers of the Beijing energy business. He also owned mining, construction materials and railway business in China. His brother served as the Party Secretary of Eight Route Army 120 Division, North China Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and the Beijing University of Science and Technology, honourably awarded by Premier Zhou Enlai.
Shelley’s grandfather graduated from the National Central University. He was the founding and organizing committee member of many large-scale sports events, including the First and Second National Games of China in the1960s, and the famous Sino-US table tennis Friendship Tournament (Ping-Pong Diplomacy) in the 1970s.
Since the Open Door Policy in 1979, Shelley's family was invited by the China State Council to showcase the upper-class traditional lifestyle and encourage cultural interaction, over 3000 international VIP guests visited her family Beijing courtyard over the years. Her family life was filmed as a documentary and broadcasted in Europe.
In 2019, the elders in the family were awarded a commemorative medal for "Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China" in recognition of their outstanding contributions to China's development.
Performing Chinese marital art Taiji Sword at Beijing courtyard for international guests in the 1970s.
Years of the Cane, the autobiography by Shelley’s great grandfather NIU Zhemin, was published in Hong Kong in 2014.