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Landy Francis Eng

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Landy Francis Eng
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🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor
Notable workChinatown: A Community Awakening (1975) (Newspaper article series in 4 parts, preserved at the Museum of Chinese in America)
TelevisionCNBC Driven
Board member ofAsian Business League, Chairman

World Affairs Council Chinatown Planning Council Career Resources Development Center

Asian American Media Association

Landy Francis Eng is an American serial entrepreneur, angel investor, television host and social advocate. Born in New York, Eng attended New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He started his career at Citibank in the group's international banking division in Latin America in 1974 and later advised the Chairman and Board on issues pertaining to international and urban affairs.[1] Eng advised Marc Rich, the founder of Marc Rich and Co (Glencore) and co-founded the corporation's China office in 1980, which became the highest volume commodities trader in China at the time.[2] In San Franciso, Eng founded Look Models and Talent Agency, a modeling agency which was later acquired by Glamor France[3]. He was the owner of Hongkong Dragons in the Asian Basketball League[4]

He held numerous political appointments by both Democratic and Republican leadership for the State of California. He was a member of the California World Trade Commission's Export Finance Board and served as its Chairman in 1987.[5] In 1990, he was appointed the Managing Director of California's fifth overseas trade and investment office in Hong Kong.[6] Eng was a social and political advocate for the Asian American community in California and was the chairman of the Asian Business League from 1982 to 1989.[7] After arriving in Singapore in 1996 Eng produced and Hosted CNBC Asia's first Asian Talk show, Driven.[1] He founded online networking site, eAngelz.com in 2000.[8] Eng held management and advisory positions in Singaporean not-for-profit organizations like Youth Challenge International and Conservation International.[9] Eng is the founder and current CEO of Asian media production house, Driven Productions

Early life and education[edit]

Eng was born in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Brooklyn's Bayridge section.[6] His father, Eng Swan Land, was a Chinese immigrant from the village of Wei Chuang on Hainan Island, and his mother, Sidonia Untone, a Brazilian National with Chinese French heritage.

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Varsity High School Track, Front Row, second from right


He trained under U.S. Olympic Trials finalist, John Donovan as a high school track athlete and credits much of his later entrepreneurial success to Donovan's advice: "Don't turn around. Don't let them bump you around the corners. You know how good you are. Go out there and prove it".[10]

He graduated from NYU with a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics with a focus in international economics.[1]

Early career[edit]

Eng started his career working for Citibank where he held several positions in the bank's international banking division in Latin America from 1974 to 1979, also advising the Chairman and Board on matters concerning public relations and international affairs.[5] He lived and worked in over 30 countries and cities at the time.[1] Eng then moved to China and worked for Marc Rich and Co. Holding (now Glencore).[1] Eng co-founded Marc Rich's China office and conducted commodities trading for the firm globally.

He founded China Business Consultants International (CBC International), an independent trade advisory firm incorporated in San Francisco, working on cross border trade and investment between US and China.[2]

In February 1985, Eng started Look Models and Talent Agency, a modeling agency in San Francisco, and ran operations for the agency until 1986.[3] While in Hong Kong, Eng became the owner of professional Basketball team, Hongkong Dragons, under the Asian Basketball Association. During his ownership, Eng signed former NBA star Ralph Sampson onto the team.[4]

Political career and social advocacy in California[edit]

Social advocacy[edit]

After moving to San Francisco in the 1980s, Eng took over as the Chairman of the Board of the Asian Business League of San Francisco, a chamber of commerce representing the Asian community of the region in 1983 to improve the political and economic position of the Asian community. He served as Chairman until 1989. Eng was awarded the U.S. Western Region's Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Federal Minority Business Development Agency on September 18, 1987.[7]

Eng founded and chaired the Bay Area Committee, a political action committee, to raise funds from the Asian American community in San Francisco to boost the demographic's political visibility in 1985.[11]

Political appointments[edit]

Eng was inducted to the California Democratic Convention and Central Committee by Senator Milton Marks and he was also the co-founder of the Bay Area committee, an Asian American political action committee. Eng was appointed to the California Export Finance Board by Speaker of the House, Democrat Willie Brown in 1985. The Export Finance Board operated as part of the California World Trade Commission and issued over $10 million a year in export finance guarantees annually with offices in Tokyo and London. Eng served as its vice-chairman by 1987 and was also a board member of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.[5]

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Landy Eng with Pete Wilson, 36th Governor of California

Eng considered a run for the 5th District U.S Congressional Seat for California's 5th congressional district in 1987, a seat currently held by Representative Nancy Pelosi. At the time, Eng sat on the board of several community service and political organizations including the Bay Area Council Housing Task Force, Asian American Theater Company, Chinatown Resources Development Center, Richmond District Roundtable, Asian Business League and Bay Area Committee.[12]

On Jan 11 1990, Eng was appointed as the managing director of the new Hong Kong trade and investment office of the State of California by Republican Governor George Deukmejian.[5] Eng opened the office on Jan 22 1990 to expand trade and investment ties between California and Asia. The office which was the fifth overseas investment office of the State of California following previous outposts in Tokyo, London, Mexico City and Frankfurt.[13]

Career in Singapore[edit]

Eng arrived in Singapore in 1996 as a director of investment for a private holding company owned by Frank Tsao.[1] He created and sold his first television show, DRIVEN, to CNBC. DRIVEN was CNBC's first Asian talk show.[14] The show which consisted of Eng interviewing prominent media, political and business figures premiered in October 1998 with the first episode featuring Hong Kong actor and martial artist Jackie Chan. American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Hong Kong activist Albert Cheng, and Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh were amongst the guests featured on the show.[1] CNBC aired the show from 1998 to 2001.

Eng founded the world's first online startup oriented networking community, eAngelz.com, in 2000.[8] The firm organized monthly networking events attended by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate representative across Singapore.[15] Eng organized networking events through the firm across 10 Asian cities.[16] Xanana Gusmão, former president of Timor-Leste, spoke at an eAnglez event in 2003.[17] He was featured in a book called Sleep & Get Rich by Pearlin Siow for this venture.

Eng was a member of the San Franciso chapter of the F.F fraternity, the oldest Chinese student fraternity in the United States. Eng founded the Singapore Chapter of the F.F Fraternity in 2009. The organization hosts a prominent network of Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs with an American background. Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, the designer of the Louvre Pyramid, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong) was a notable member of the organization.[18]

Eng was brought in to serve as the executive director of Youth Challenge International, a non-governmental organization in Singapore following an accounting scandal under previous leadership. In six months, Eng recruited 200 volunteers, launched three social programs for youth and opened a shelter for child-trafficking victims in Laos. The organization was recognized as an Institution of Public Character (IPC) in 2009 during Eng's tenure.[9]

Personal Life[edit]

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Landy Francis Eng with his two sons, Kristofer Landy (left) and Landy Jr (right)

Eng is married to his wife, Kim-Oanh Bui. The couple have two sons, Kristofer Landy and Landy Jr.[1]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Asian Americans help Bay Area to $20 billion in Far East Trade". Asian Week. 6 (37). May 10, 1985. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eng, Landy (February 19, 1991). "Letters to BUSINESSEXTRA". San Franciso Chronicle. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kitchell, Norideen (April 28, 1993). "Former NBA All Star Sampson joins HK team". South China Morning Post. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  8. 8.0 8.1 Buenas, Daniel (August 21, 2000). "First online dot-community from eAngelz.com". The Business Times. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lim, Desmond (May 3, 2009). "Youth Challenge Head leaves on a high". The Straits Times. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Kitageki Jr, Paul (April 7, 1987). "Landy Eng". San Franciso Examiner. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Leibert, Larry (August 29, 1985). "Asians Trying to Boost Their Political Clout in S.F.". San Francisco Chronicle. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Harrison, Laird (February 6, 1987). "Landy Eng Eyes Congress Seat". Asian Week. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Viviano, Frank (January 16, 1990). "State Trade Mission Heads for Asia". San Franciso Chronicle. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Wong, Janice (November 4, 2003). "This falling eAngelz will be saved". Streats. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Fujioka, Chisa (11 May 2000). "Singapore parties play Dotcom matchmaker". Reuters. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Giriprakash, K (August 21, 2000). "Bangalore waits for tonight's Dotcom blast". Business Standard. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Khanna, Vikram (October 4, 2003). "Timor's guerilla president". The Business Times. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Wan, Edward (2003). History of F.F. Fraternity : evolution of the first Chinese fraternity in the United States (1910-2002). U.S. ISBN 0974028312. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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