Sir David Tang (1954 - 2017) was the founder of the China Club, Shanghai Tang and China Exchange, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, confidant to plutocrats, founder of fashion label Shanghai Tang and the Financial Times' agony uncle columnist. Prior to his career in business he taught philosophy at Peking University. Sir David was a great ambassador for his native Hong Kong and was awarded a knighthood in 2007 for his services to charity. In his much-loved weekly column for the Financial Times, he answered readers' questions about property, interiors, architecture and gardens - although he often strayed beyond his remit to debate concerns about everything from etiquette to grammar. He died of cancer, aged 63, and was survived by his wife Lady Lucy Tang and his two children Edward and Victoria.