Lawrence Ho is the Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: MLCO) and Melco International Development Limited (HKEx: 200). He oversees the companies’ 21st century vision and strategy, forging the way ahead in global gaming and entertainment.
Taking over Melco International in 2001, Lawrence commenced a decade-long transformation of the business into a truly pioneering leisure and entertainment group. He started leading Melco Resorts & Entertainment in 2004, with a clear vision to create a brand new style of Integrated Resorts.
Initially, Melco Resorts launched Altira, a boutique hotel and casino that focused on delivering its guests enhanced Forbes 5-star experiences. He followed this with City of Dreams, a truly integrated resort that sets new world standards in lifestyle and entertainment. City of Dreams quickly became home to numerous Michelin starred restaurants and gained global recognition for its extraordinary water show, The House of Dancing Water. In recent years, Lawrence has focused on expanding the Melco brand beyond Asia, introducing its destination concepts to fast-growing consumer segments around the world. In 2015, he launched Studio City, a Hollywood-inspired resort that delivers unique and exciting guest experiences, and that same year the company opened City of Dreams Manila, raising the bar radically in terms of quality and excitement in the Philippines region. The year 2017 saw Cyprus award Melco its first and only casino license.
Today, Melco destinations are internationally recognized for their singular focus on delivering imaginative and high-quality entertainment experiences and lead the industry’s shift towards truly diversified entertainment. Lawrence’s keen eye for design and contemporary culture will once again be evident in the new phase of City of Dreams which opened in mid-2018. At the heart of this new development is Morpheus, a 770-room hotel and architectural masterpiece by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, which is set to raise the bar once again in Macau.
Lawrence is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce.