Robert Olsen on Muck Rack

Robert Olsen Verified

Hong Kong Bureau
Asia Online Editor — Forbes
As seen in:  Forbes

Asia online editor at Forbes, I follow the money in this ginormous region. Former British Consulate staffer in H.K.

Casino Billionaire Sees Profit Slide Amid Corruption Crackdown — In yet another sign of Macau's sliding fortunes, SJM Holdings said on Thursday that its earnings tumbled 12.7% last year. The casino operator controlled by Stanley Ho's family reported a net profit of HK$6.73 ($868 million) for 2014. Macau's gaming industry has been caught up in Xi Jinping's sweeping crackdown on [...]

Hong Kong's Protesters Return To Streets To Reject Beijing's Version Of Democracy — For the first time since mass protests shut down some of the city's busiest districts and grabbed the world's attention, pro-democracy activists were out on the streets again this afternoon to continue their campaign. Protesters marched behind a large banner bearing a caricature of the city's Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying beside the now-familiar slogans: "say no to fake democracy, we want genuine universal suffrage."

Asia's Richest Man Closing In On $15 Billion Deal For U.K.'s O2 — Billionaire Li Ka-shing announced on Friday that Hutchison Whampoa had entered exclusive negotiations to buy mobile phone operator O2 from Spain's Telefonica for more than 10.25 billion pounds ($15 billion). The terms of the deal would require Hutchison to pay a cash price of 9.25 billion pounds, and a further 1 [...]

Asia's Richest Man Said To Be In Talks To Buy U.K.'s O2 — Hutchison Whampoa, the conglomerate controlled by Li Ka-shing, is reportedly in talks to buy Britain's second-largest mobile operator for as much as 9 billion pounds ($13.6 billion). Described by The Sunday Times as "early stage discussions," O2 looks a natural target for Hutchison, as its Spanish parent Telefonica seems eager to offload the operator and raise cash to help pay off its debts.

Li Ka-shing's Restructure Plan Sends His Stocks Soaring — Monday was the first chance for the markets to react to Li Ka-shing's proposal to restructure his two main companies, and the markets clearly like the idea. By the close of trading, shares of Cheung Kong had soared nearly 15% to HK$143.2, while Hutchison Whampoa had jumped more than 12% to HK$98.35.

Real Estate Billionaire Donates $118 Million To MIT — Samuel Tak Lee spent decades building a vast real estate empire that easily makes him one of the wealthiest people from Hong Kong. And now that he's achieved such success, he's helping others to follow a similar path by supporting the schools he attended.

Occupy Central Bodes Well For Hong Kong's Future, Lui Che Woo Says — The Occupy Central protests divided Hong Kong like no other event has in years, praised by some people and vilified by others. Business leaders have been reluctant to address the issue. One who has, Lui Che Woo, talked with FORBES ASIA just before Christmas.

Hong Kong Billionaire Sentenced To Five Years In Jail — Thomas Kwok was sentenced Tuesday to five years in jail, after being convicted of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office. Judge Andrew Macrae said he had considered a maximum sentence of six years, but handed down one year less to account for Kwok's good character. Rafael Hui, the government's former No.

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters Arrested, But Media Tycoon Says Fight Will Continue — Hong Kong police arrested scores of pro-democracy protesters and cleared the main protest site in Admiralty this afternoon. After 75 days of occupying the streets around government headquarters, and faced with repeated threats of arrest by the police, the holdouts staged a peaceful sit-in as part of their ongoing campaign of civil disobedience.

Hong Kong Police Shown Beating Defenceless Protester — A sickening video of Hong Kong police beating a bound and prone protester has sparked outrage this morning. In the footage carried by local broadcaster TVB, Ken Tsang, a pro-democracy protester and member of the Civic Party, is seen being taken by a group of plain clothes policemen into a dark corner, and then kicked and hit repeatedly, as he lay on the ground offering no resistance.
More Articles →
Feb 27, 2015

Lizard Squad claims to have intercepted Lenovo emails after website defacement By @iblametom

Feb 25, 2015

How hackers abused Tor to rob Blockchain, steal Bitcoin, target private email and get away with it

Feb 24, 2015

RT @NiuB: For richer, for poorer: how China's laws put women second by @taniabranigan

Feb 24, 2015

The FBI's most wanted cyber crook has a $3 million price on his head

Feb 24, 2015

RT @iblametom: How Hackers Abused Tor To Steal Bitcoin, Target Private Email And Get Away With It @Forbes

Feb 19, 2015

"I can’t imagine a more effective way to distribute my undeserved wealth," says Chuck Feeney

Feb 19, 2015

See how this Android app clones contactless credit cards in seconds

Feb 19, 2015

RT @charlesarthur: On that note of "why do PC companies preinstall crapware/adware?" here's my profit analysis from last January…

Feb 19, 2015

How Lenovo's Superfish "malware" works and what you can do to kill it

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.


For instructions on how to pitch Robert Olsen, email

Share This Profile