Bloomberg estimates his family empire is worth $14.9 billion and a spat between rival factions in 2011 became front page news before it ended with an agreement.
Like many of Hong Kong’s magnates, Ho was reluctant to retire and only officially stepped down from SJM in 2018 at the age of 96, handing over the reins to his daughter Daisy and Angela Leong, his fourth “wife”.
One of his sons, Lawrence, runs rival casino and hotel operator Melco International in Macau.
In 2015 his nephew Alan Ho spent 14 months in jail on charges linked to a prostitution racket that was uncovered at the company’s flagship Hotel Lisboa.
Ho had been keeping a low profile after a serious fall in 2009 at the age of 87 which left him requiring brain surgery.
Pansy Ho runs conglomerate Shun Tak, which includes ferry services between Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China and is a major property developer in Macau.
Pansy was named Hong Kong’s richest woman by Bloomberg in 2018.
Earlier this year Ho’s youngest son, 25-year-old Mario, shelled out HK$500 million (US$64.4 million) on a house at one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious addresses, the South China Morning Post reported.
Hong Kong boasts one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the world, but the city is also shot through with inequality, fueled by a lack of housing, sky-high rents and low wages for blue-collar jobs.