Swire is the largest shareholder in Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, which reduced passenger capacity by 96% during 2020 as the global lockdown took effect, and last month raised £4bn from the Hong Kong government. The group has operated in Asia for more than 150 years, with its publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific, listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. It has donated millions to help the territory combat Covid-19. Barnaby Swire, 56, is the sixth generation of his family to run the group, which was founded in Liverpool in 1816. Its interests now range from shipping, property and agriculture to cold storage and soft drinks.
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