MAY 18, 2016

For Toni Ko, Perversion Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder

By Bonnie He


Occupation: Serial Entrepreneur

Based in: Los Angeles

Languages Spoken: English, Korean


L'Oreal thought Toni Ko was worth it.

In 2014, the internationally renowned cosmetics company acquired Ko's beauty powerhouse NYX for a rumored $500 million dollars, enough for a lifetime of margaritas sipped at the beach, if Ko had chosen to coast into an early retirement.


JAN 6, 2016

Privy's 7th Annual New Year's Rockin' Eve, 2016 Edition

By Bonnie He

Privy Rockin' Eve 2016

Privy swung into 2016 with full ferocity.

Privy had a thriving 2015, so we are all excited about what ambitious milestones are inevitably in store for 2016 - and we have the inside scoop that Privy is revealing first-class surprises in the new year! Last year, we hosted elaborate Rémy Martin and Hennessy Tasting Dinners, a Perfect Pairs Wine Dinner with event partner Chase, a Drinks ‘n’ Chatter night benefiting Nepal's devastating earthquake, a sophisticated Mooncake and Tea Pairing in San Francisco, a Halloween Monster Masquerade Ball benefiting the National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative, a Charity Poker Event hosted by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, and a special night of Bach at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was only fitting that Privy ended 2015 with a night of gold-and-white-themed splendor.


NOV 15, 2015

A Monster of a Good Time for a Good Cause

By Bonnie He

 Monster Masquerade

Privy Circle hosted the Monster Masquerade Ball at the swanky new downtown Los Angeles hotspot, The Reserve. Converted from a real prohibition-era bank vault, the sophisticated nightclub intertwines old-school distinction with modern decadence. Privy guests were treated to a special private grand opening of the Reserve, the eve before Halloween.


NOV 13, 2015

The Homecoming of Transpacific Star Daniel Wu

By Bonnie He

Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director

Based in: Hong Kong, California

Last Education: University of Oregon


Daniel Wu chanced upon the Hollywood Dream overseas.

Born and raised in Northern California, Chinese American Wu originally went to Hong Kong in 1997 to witness the British handover back to China - and ended up having a successful film career in Asia for two decades. His foray into the industry was completely accidental. Wu was literally discovered, with no prior acting or Cantonese-language experience (he graduated with an architecture degree and grew up speaking Mandarin and Shanghainese), and thrust headlong into his first movie, “Bishonen,” as the lead.


APR 2, 2015

Jenny Wu: A Good, Bad, & Fab Woman

By Privy Concierge

Gallery All

Jenny Wu is a force to be reckoned with. So much, in fact, that the Privy member, fashion lawyer and blogger of good, bad, & fab  was eyed by CBS and subsequently cast on The Amazing Race. This season, The Amazing Race has put a hefty spin on the usual partner dynamic that so many of its viewers identify with today: each contestant on the show is set up with a random partner of the opposite gender. The gorgeous and intelligent fashionista flexed some serious muscle this season by roughing it out in different challenges and navigating difficult communication with her teammate.

We had the privilege of interviewing this good, bad, and fab woman about her life leading up to this monumental moment on national television, her thoughts on love and dating, and what she’s up to next:


JAN 13, 2015

2015 Privy's Rockin' New Year's Eve - SPEAKEASY

By Privy Editor

Privy Chase San Francisco

New Year's Eve is all about looking forward, but Privy did the unexpected and whirled guests back in time fora spectacular Prohibition Era bash. For Privy New Years Rockin' Eve 2015 guests were invited to anultra secretive spot in Hollywood for a sinfully swinging Speakeasy-style celebration. Back in the 1920s, liquor was illegal and could only be enjoyed in hidden "speakeasies" accessible solely with secret passwords.


DEC 23, 2014

DINNER FOR 300 - Trio of Privy/Chase Chinese Wine Dinners Test Perceptions and Delight Palates in LA, SF & NY

By Privy Editor

In Fall of 2014, Privy and Chase produced PERFECT PAIRS, a trio of bespoke culinary experiences for Privy members and Chase private clients in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to test the common perception that it’s challenging, even downright impossible, to pair wines with Chinese cuisine.

    PERFECT PAIRS LA - October 11, 2014

    PERFECT PAIRS NY - November 5, 2014

    PERFECT PAIRS SF - November 12, 2014


OCT 23, 2014

Privy Summit Royal Salute Whisky Dinner with Keith Ferrazzi

By Deron Quon

Ferrazzi house

There was no better, or rather fitting, place for the first Privy Summit than at the home of Keith Ferrazzi, nestled high atop the Hollywood Hills with a spectacular view of the LA city lights below. The Privy Summit, held on September 13th, was hosted by Stephen Liu, CEO and Founder of Privy Groupe, Tim Chang, Managing Director of venture capital firm Mayfield, Chris Chen, Executive Vice President of Endgame Entertainment, and Mike Kim, Managing Director of Ferrazzi Greenlight and generously sponsored by Chivas Regal. A select group of Los Angeles’ influential Asian American leaders were brought together for a special evening of camaraderie highlighted by expert relationship wisdom from Keith Ferrazzi, a four course private chef dinner, and Royal Salute tastings.


JUL 14, 2014

Glenmorangie “Privy Supper Club” featuring Chef Erik Sun

By Privy Editor


Magic happens. Especially when all the right elements converge for a very special evening. They did just that for Privy's recent Whisky Dinner, a blissful combination of cuisine, company, and exquisite sips of liquid gold. An exclusive Privy event, the evening earned stellar marks by every measure.

You'd expect nothing less when eighteen elegant guests are invited to feast on a sumptuous June dinner of ten haute cuisine courses prepared by accomplished Chef Erik Sun. Highlight each course with a perfectly paired sip of whisky and you have the quintessential, 'must-do' soirée.


MAY 13, 2014

Behind Retired Green Beret Gene Yu's Heroic 2013 Unsanctioned Rescue of a Taiwanese Woman from Abu Sayyaf Terrorists in the Jungles of the Philippines

By Privy Editor

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Based in: Taiwan

Last Education: West Point

We recently sat down with Privy member and Retired Green Beret Gene Yu who has an impressive pedigree and a very diverse resume. The Asian-American nephew of the President of Taiwan recently led a 12-member mercenary group composed of Filipino special forces to successfully rescue a Taiwanese woman who had been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Malaysia and taken to a jungle base camp in southern Philippines. And that’s just the most recent adventure for the world traveler.

Yu’s roots are in Northern California, but now he says that home is where he stashes his underwear—whether it’s his current residence in Asia or in a suitcase while he explores South America. From his military training to his wide array of interests and hobbies, there’s nothing ordinary about the man who used his connections to help free a Chinese tourist abducted in Malaysia.

Now that Evelyn Chang is safe and sound, Yu is working on a book about the experience. In addition, he is also working as the Director of Channels at Perx, Singapore’s #1 loyalty card mobile application company, in addition to promoting his MMA apparel line. There’s not many pies this Renaissance Man doesn’t have a finger in.