From The Straits Times    |

Images: Mario Ho’s Instagram/ Ming Xi’s Instagram


Macau billionaire Stanley Ho’s son Mario Ho, 24, and his wife, Chinese model Ming Xi, 30, are now parents to a baby boy, Ronaldo!

The Victoria’s Secret supermodel delivered on Thursday (Oct 24) and the couple shared the news on Instagram. Photos show the new parents and their precious bundle of joy in the hospital surrounded by loved ones. 



好久不見!跟大家分享一個我們家族的大喜訊!我和我老婆@mingxi11 升級當爸爸媽媽了! 謝謝我老婆小明!陪伴她從懷孕到生產的這段時間里,我才知道當媽媽的犧牲與不易。以前她走路都蹦蹦跳跳,懷孕以後走路都不方便,還要忍受強烈的孕吐和難以控制的情緒波動,這世界上的媽媽們實在太辛苦了!謝謝老婆熬過那段時間,為我生下一個健康又可愛的寶寶。 我爸爸下個月就98歲了,他對於我來說,是像超人一樣的存在,無所不能,我小時候的願望他通通能幫我實現。可對於他自己,卻一直有一個願望沒有實現,那就是抱孫子。今天終於能夠很高興地告訴他,他有長孫了!他老人家的願望終於實現了,我們家終於有第五代的男丁了! 對於寶寶的名字,我們家一直都是根據族譜 「啓 世 鴻 猷 廣」取名的,第二個字是每一代通用的,第三個字一般是父親取,寄寓對小孩的希望。我爸以前說過,他的財富是他給每一個兒孫的禮物,能積累多久多少就看自己的本事了。可是對於長孫而言,他希望給到一份獨一無二的,一份能夠陪伴一輩子的禮物,那就是把他自己的名字送給長孫來繼承。所以,我兒子很榮幸地叫何廣燊,希望他能夠像他爺爺一樣,成為一個有益於社會的傳奇人物。我給廣燊取的英文名叫Ronaldo,希望他會又高又帥,既有天賦,又能通過自身努力贏得世界的認可,沒壓力哈 兒子No pressure! 再次謝謝我的老婆,你是最棒的,我愛你❤️!

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In a lengthy Instagram post, Mario said,
“My wife and I have been promoted to becoming a dad and mom! Thank you to my wife Xiao Ming! Having been through her journey from pregnancy to giving birth, I realised how much a mother has to sacrifice, and the difficulty she has to go through. 
She used to prance around, but had difficulty moving around when she was pregnant, and had to endure morning sickness and uncontrollable mood swings. All the mothers in this world really have it hard! Thank you to my wife for going through this, and for giving me a healthy and adorable baby. 
My father will  turning 98 next month. He’s a Superman to me, and can do anything. He helped me to fulfill all the wishes I had as a child. But when it comes to himself, he has had one unfulfilled wish, which is to be able to hold his grandson. I’m very happy to tell him today that he has a grandson. His wish has finally come true!
As for the baby’s name, our family has always followed a naming tradition according to genealogy. The second character in the Chinese name is universal across everyone in that generation, while the third character is decided by the child’s father. 
My father has said that his wealth is his gift to every child and grandchild. As for how long it lasts, it’s up to them. But for his first grandson, he hopes to present him with a one-of-a-kind gift and one that can accompany him for entire life, which is his own name. 
So, we’re are proud and honoured to have our son named Ho Kwong Sun (Stanley Ho’s name is Ho Hung Sun), and we hope that he will be a legendary figure who contributes to the society, just like his grandfather. 
His English name is Ronaldo, because I hope he becomes tall, handsome, talented, and earns recognition through his own hard work. 
No pressure at all, son! Once again, thank you to my wife, you’re the best and I love you!”
We’re not surprised if baby Ronaldo was named after a certain footballer – from what we’ve gathered from his social media posts, Mario is an avid soccer fan, after all.

Hi my little Prince, welcome to the world

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Ming Xi also shared the photos on Instagram, but with a shorter and no less sweet message.

The pair had initially met through Mario’s sister Sabrina, then started dating after being paired up on reality dating show Mr Left, Mr Right in 2017.

In May this year, Mario got down on one bent knee with an extravagant proposal that involved 99,999 roses in Shanghai’s upscale L’Avenue Mall. They registered their marriage in July



I said YES!!!!!!Of course I did!!!!!!!!!! ❤️ @momomarioho

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Mario’s sister Sabrina Ho also gave birth to a daughter earlier this August, and also announced she’s planning to have her wedding at London’s British Museum in 2021