Running his family-owned hotel chain never crossed the mind of 33-year-old Park Hotel Group chief executive Allen Law.
He had wanted to chart his own course and become an entrepreneur.
But as fate would have it, his father, Mr Law Kar Po, tasked him - when he was fresh out of university in 2003 - to run a hotel which the family business had just acquired.
In the last decade, the younger Mr Law grew the business: From owning its first hotel in Hong Kong, it now has 10 upper-tier and luxury hotels in the Asia-Pacific region worth more than US$2 billion (S$2.5 billion).
His dream as a bachelor was to live and retire in a resort which he owned. "I dreamt that I'll be running a resort. And when the guests ask for the general manager, my staff will point to the sea and say 'He's over there, surfing on the waves!'" said Mr Law with a laugh.
But those plans were put on hold. And now, apart from running the hotel chain, Mr Law has settled down and started a family.
He married Ms Tan Shin Hui, granddaughter of billionaire banker Wee Cho Yaw, in 2010 and they have an 18-month-old son and are expecting a second child in June.
Ms Tan, 29, his then-fiancee, joined the Park Hotel Group in 2009. She is now its head of marketing communications.