Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has had a lifelong passion for horseracing and breeding thoroughbreds. So it seemed only natural that working at The Hong Kong Jockey Club would be a natural calling for him. He joined the club as Director of Racing in 1998 and became CEO in 2007. His second love is football, and even played professionally in Germany before he graduated from the University of Cologne in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Insurance and Business Administration.
His lifelong passion for horses and business have helped Engelbrecht-Bresges implement successful strategies that have helped make The Hong Kong Jockey Club one of the best and most respected horse racing clubs in the world.
“HKJC has a unique integrated business model which comprises racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery, as well as charities and community contributions,” he said. The club generates both economic and social value for the community, and also supports the Government in combating illegal gambling.”
Being Hong Kong’s largest single tax payer and one of the world’s top-10 charity donors, HKJC has been playing an important role in the helping with the economic and social development of Hong Kong for over a century. In 2016/17 the club’s total direct return to the community was a record HK$30.5 billion.
Through world-class racing events, Engelbrecht-Bresges has also reinforced Hong Kong as a world-class brand, and contributed to its reputation as Asia’s World City. He said many fans of Hong Kong racing overseas wager on races via the club’s overseas partners. “What attracts fans is the quality of Hong Kong racing, the depth of the club’s wagering pools, the comprehensiveness of its racing information, and its high reputation for integrity,” he said.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been a member of the Chamber for many years. “The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce plays an essential role in the business life of Hong Kong, facilitating and promoting corporate development, and thereby contributing to the overall progress of our community,” said Engelbrecht-Bresges.
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