Tony Hu

AGE: 44
OCCUPATION: Restaurateur

Hu has done more than anyone to educate Chicagoans about Chinese culture—through food. But beyond his Lao restaurant group of seven local establishments, Hu is an important connector in the fast-moving Chinese business community.

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