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With the couple working in different in-
dustries, Chew and Ho never bring work
matters home. “I deal with lawyers but I also
deal with a different set of professionals,
mainly investment bankers, corporate bank-
ers, analysts and fund managers so that side
is very different from the professional firm
side,” says Chew, who is also a former vice-
president of the Institute.
“I wouldn’t know about his line of busi-
ness and I don’t want to pry into that either
because we deal with sensitive issues at
work, and unless it’s a general issue we nev-
er talk about work,” says Ho.
Being married to another accountant
means an understanding that sometimes
work has to come first.
“ We know what the job entails, and it
makes it easier for us to understand why we
don’t come home at a certain time or why we
have to change our holidays to fit our work
schedule,” says Ho.
Her husband agrees. “If I say I’ve got
my year-end result or I’ve got my annual
reports, that’s something we both under-
stand,” says Chew.
But like any couple, sometimes bumping
heads is inevitable. “He is a financial news
junkie... It was a Sunday, I tried to cuddle up
to him and he said: ‘Don’t come between me
and my Financial Times’,” laughs Ho.
Like other career-driven couples work-
ing in Hong Kong, Chew and Ho have grown
accustomed to the limited face-to-face time
they have Mondays to Fridays.
Weekends, however, are usually re-
ser ved for the family. “We’ve established
such an easy and comfortable rhythm over
the years. We talk during the day, whether
for checking things on the home front, or
maybe it’s just asking him, ‘What time are
you coming to pick me up after work?’ ”
On top of long working hours, Eddy and Nel-
lie Fong had to deal with another thing keep-
ing them apart: professional rivalry.
“ Working in competitive firms when you
are young is easy but working in competi-
tive firms when you are both partners is dif-
ficult,” recalls Eddy Fong, chairman of the
Open University of Hong Kong, former chair-
man of the Securities and Futures Commis-
sion and a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers
partner. His wife, before retirement, was a
partner at Arthur A ndersen, one of the then
Big Five accounting firms.
Chew Fook-aun and Sabrina Ho
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