There is no doubt that Mario Ho, the youngest son of late Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho, is a very accomplished young man. Although he was accepted into Cambridge on his own merits (or so he claims in a now-controversial statement), he chose to study at the equally prestigious MIT instead and became the youngest graduate of the school’s Master of Finance programme.
Then, two years ago at the tender age of 23, he was able to present his old man with the IPO prospectus of Chinese games distribution company iDreamSky, of which he is chief marketing officer. He is now also — as his Weibo bio reads — “Macau E-sports Association Chairman” and “Shenzhen Victory 5 E-Sports Chairman”.
Oh, and let’s not forget that he got to marry the girl of his dreams, Victoria’s Secret model Ming Xi, and give Stanley his first grandson.
Still, that hasn’t stopped some folks from ragging on him for one silly reason. A few days ago, a netizen shared two secretly taken photographs of Mario and Ming Xi out for a walk on the streets. The couple’s obvious height difference immediately sparked a lively discussion online, with many trying to figure out how tall (or not) Mario is.
While Ming Xi is said to be 1.78m-tall, she's estimated to be about 1.8m in the photos after factoring in the thickness of her shoes. Her husband, on the other hand, looks to be about 10cm shorter, even with sneakers that appear to give him an extra 5cm boost. This has led netizens to conclude that Mario is, at most, 1.65m-tall.
However, it was also pointed out that in both pictures, Mario has his head slightly lowered and is standing further away from the camera than his wife, which affects our perspective. In addition, Ming Xi’s extremely slender frame adds more contrast, so the guesstimate of 1.65m was deemed by some netizens as an exaggeration that’s way too low.
Others also questioned the need to analyse such a trivial matter, especially since Mario has so many other achievements to speak of. “What can you do with your height? Take a look at his education and IQ,” one wrote, while another added, “Height is not worth mentioning compared to abilities and financial resources.”