Richard Man Fai Lee, from Hong Kong, graduated with honors from the undergraduate program with a BSB degree in 1977 after spending the first two years of undergraduate studies in Moorhead State University (MN). Lee remained at the Carlson School to graduate with high honors from the MBA program in 1979 with specialization in marketing.
After graduation, Lee returned to Hong Kong and began his career with the Estee Lauder companies in the Asia Pacific region. In 1983, he left Estee Lauder to return to his father’s company where he led the introduction of stereo equipment and air conditioning into the mainland China market.
In 1990s, Lee’s company The Woo Kee Hong Group partnered with Ferrari to sell the first Ferrari sports cars to the mainland China market. In 2006, he was honored with the “Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity” by then Prime Minister Romano Prodi. He has also been deeply involved in being an Ambassador of Italian Culture to China by founding the Lanzhou University Italian Cultural Research Center and being a patron of Dante Alighieri Committee of Hong Kong.