Gigi Lai (黎姿) remains poise and elegant although turning the age of 45 years old. The goddess is also a CEO and Chairman of a listed cosmetic business company, CosMax, Miricor Enterprises Holdings Limited (卓珈控股集團有限公司).
She expressed that she feels sad and emotional as her children are going back to school after the summer holidays and it reminded her younger self that she has been working since the tender age of 14 years old.
Four days ago on Weibo, Gigi leaves a message to encourage everyone and enjoy the school life: “Opening school on 1st September 2017 and it is a new semester.
The students have to return to school after the holidays and it is a very faraway dream to me. I start working from 14 years old due to financial problem and have been missing school life very much. It is very fortunate if you can meet good teachers, classmates and good friends forever. Classmates, let’s enjoy and cherish the growing old together!”
Gigi’s public company went public in January 2017, with the ticker Miricor at the beginning price of $2.51 HKD. It peaked at $5 HKD and closed the night at $3.95 HKD, four times higher than the original price. The stock rise boosted Gigi and her family’s wealth from $204 million HKD to $1.1 billion HKD.
A few days after the IPO, Gigi attended the opening ceremony with her parents and her younger brother Stephen Lai (黎英), the original creator of CosMax. Gigi’s husband Patrick Ma(馬廷強) was absent.
Gigi was full of smiles during her after-ceremony interview with the reporters. She could only describe herself as feeling “ecstatic” and exclaimed that she hasn’t gotten much sleep due to her excitement. “Only once in a lifetime!” said Gigi. “This is a big deal for me. It is definitely something worth to remember.”
Asking if her staff has been referring her to as “Mrs. Ma” or “Chairwoman Ma”, Gigi laughed and said, “Just Gigi will suffice!” The former actress also announced that she has officially changed her name from “Lai Chi” (黎姿) to “Ma Lai Ka-yee” (馬黎珈而), a name she has been using since her marriage to Patrick in 2008. The couple have three daughters—Pricia, Gianna, and Pegella.
At the mention of her younger brother Stephen, who is now bound to a wheelchair after surviving a near-fatal car accident back in 2007, Gigi got emotional and her eyes started to well with tears.
“He’s so happy today,” she said. “He was in tears when he watched [the ceremony]. He’s always wanted to me to take this step. He knows he can no longer operate his own clinic. He wants me to continue his professional spirit, to continue that stubbornness for medical beauty. I am thankful for my brother, who not only enlightened me but also provided the platform for me to discover another side of Gigi, that I can actually do business!”
After completing the TVB drama The Gem of Life <珠光寶氣> in 2008, Gigi announced her retirement from the acting industry to take care of her bed-ridden brother and succeed his cosmetics business. Gigi has been fighting for CosMax ever since.
Bowie Lam Congratulates Gigi
Gigi’s The Gem of Life costar and close friend, Bowie Lam (林保怡), was one of the first celebrities to congratulate Miricor’s success. He shared a selfie he took with Gigi recently at an event for Miricor, and wrote, “Congratulations to Gigi’s company for going public! Her speech was very emotional and positive. Even I almost cried!”
Many fans rushed to congratulate Gigi on her success. Many of their fans also left nostalgic comments, reminiscing the days when Bowie and Gigi were touted as the TV screen’s most popular couple.
“My favorite Sun Pak-yeung and Princess Yuk-ying!” said one netizen, referring to Bowie and Gigi’s iconic performances in the hit 2004 television drama War and Beauty <金枝慾孽>. “Allow the last photo to take us back in time to over ten years ago… what a classic duo!” said another netizen. “They are my favorite CP (couple) in War and Beauty!”