Gabriel WONG 黃鶴羣
Chairman, Board of Directors
Gabriel is a financial services professional at Intercontinental Exchange, where he manages the development of its CDS Risk Management system. Having completed graduate programs in California and Illinois, Gabriel serves as Chairman of Project: VISION, a youth-based non-profit educational center serving the Chinatown and Bridgeport communities.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
My first job was at Baskin Robbins down the street from my grandmother’s house. I earned $5.25 an hour at the age of 16 and it taught me education is the only means to earning a living wage. I also never eat ice cream anymore.
What keeps you awake at night?
How can we at Project: VISION continue to maintain our record of sending 100% of our students to college without a single dollar of taxpayer assistance from the City of Chicago, State of Illinois or the federal government of the United States?
What books are currently on your bedside table?
The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors. I view it as the U.K.’s version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
When do you feel most free?
Running five miles down Lake Shore Drive, preferably in the winters.
What was the last present you gave someone?
A dinner at Alinea to my girlfriend for completing her oncology/hematology fellowship at Georgetown University.
What’s your view on money?
What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?
Batu Caves in Malaysia.