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November 11, 1988
Brian Powers, the first American to be named managing director of conglomerate Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd., will resign and leave Hong Kong at year-end because his wife is ill. Simon Keswick, a descendant of the founding families and still chairman, said Power's wife, Paula, had recurring health problems and had been advised to return to the United States.
January 16, 1987 | Associated Press
Jardine Matheson Holdings is Hong Kong's best known and oldest British company, with a swashbuckling history that spans opium trading to ice cream production. Now the future of the business immortalized in James Clavell's best-selling novels rests largely with a New York investment banker hired for his takeover expertise. "Strangely enough, I don't find it much different here," said Brian Powers, Jardine's executive director. "You have the same bankers and lawyers.
October 1, 1987 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
Nothing became the title of taipan as much as the manner in which Simon Keswick seized it. It was 1983, and Keswick and his clan had been watching with mounting distaste as a rival family led Jardine Matheson & Co., the giant Hong Kong institution of which the two clans shared ownership, into multimillion-dollar writeoffs and seas of red ink. Over a period of months, Keswick stole a march on the sitting chairman of Jardines, David K.
April 12, 1988 | Associated Press
In Hong Kong's cut-throat business world, the highest acknowledgment of success is to be recognized as the taipan --the Big Boss. Later this year, a transplanted New Yorker, 38-year-old Brian M. Powers, will assume the title--the first American to do so--only two years after arriving in Hong Kong as an executive with Jardine Matheson, the venerable trading company whose history is intertwined with that of this British colony. When the Massapequa, N.Y.
February 21, 1988 | PAT H. BROESKE
In September, 1986, the announcement was made: NBC had done the deal. It had bought the rights to "Noble House" and would make a miniseries out of James Clavell's very thick novel (1,370 pages) about international power struggles in modern-day Hong Kong. Eight weeks later, late one afternoon at the network offices in Burbank, the next phase of the project was started.
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