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A Great Collector

A 30-year-old Hong Kong businessman could have the greatest cigar collection in the world
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Richard Branson, Sept/Oct 2007

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CA: You have a great wine collection as well. Is cigar smoking a different experience from drinking fine wines?

Wong: Yes. It is very different. I find when I smoke cigars I am more relaxed.

CA: If you had to give up wine or cigars, which would you give up?

Wong: I would give up wine. I know I shouldn't say that, but…I got to know a lot of people [through wine], and a lot of people know me more for wine than cigars, but I always think of myself as a cigar guy. You know, I always enjoy cigars more. But it is hard to compare the two and luckily I don't have to make the choice.

CA: Are there a lot of guys your age and in their late 20s and 30s who smoke fine cigars in Hong Kong?

Wong: I think cigars have really picked up in the last few years. A lot more cigar bars are open now. More and more people my age are trying to understand cigars. They don't want to go to the shop and simply buy Montecristos. They want to know what they are smoking and they want to pick out the good stuff.

CA: How did you amass your collection? You seem to have just about everything.

Wong: Buying in auction, buying in Europe, mostly London. But I think how the collection started was when my father was part of the purchase of a big parcel of cigars from a famous collector in the United States.

CA: I think I know who that was, but I shouldn't say.

Wong: He was from Chicago or somewhere like that. We bought the cigars from Gerard in Geneva. That is how it all started and we sort of built around it. We buy cigars from Pacific Cigar as well.

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