Alex McMillan

Alex Frew McMillan is a widely respected and experienced foreign correspondent, having spent more than two decades as a business reporter, feature writer and editor, the last 10 years spent specializing in real-estate coverage. He has worked for some of the most prestigious global media organisations, including CNN, as a business reporter, and Reuters, as the Asia real-estate correspondent.

As a free-lancer, he has written regularly for The New York Times, and is a contributor to TheStreet.com and Forbes. He has also written the occasional piece for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Australian, the Economist Intelligence Unit and CNBC.

He covered the September 11, 2001 attacks for CNN, writing the first reaction to the disaster from governments around the world, and wrote a series of well-regarded stories about greater China’s property slowdown for Reuters. His real-estate coverage has explained the importance of property trends for institutional investors as well as for individual property owners. He also covered the hedge-fund industry for six years and has focused on alternative as well as personal finance.

Since moving to Hong Kong from New York City 15 years ago, he has devoted himself to coverage of Asia, writing magazine stories and analysis pieces for Asian Investor, the South China Morning Post and the Straits Times, as well as many magazines. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio to discuss his work.

With a South African father and British mother, he took up a Morehead Scholarship to study in the United States, one of the best-known merit scholarships in the country, offered to candidates considered to have leadership potential.

He graduated with a degree in Journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors and distinction, and serves as co-chairman of the university's alumni association in Hong Kong. Besides reporting, he is also an avid tennis player, snowboarder and scuba diver, and is a PADI-certified divemaster.

Recent Articles By The Author

4 Ways McDonald's Is Radically Different in Hong Kong

4 Ways McDonald's Is Radically Different in Hong Kong

McDonald's in Hong Kong is half a world away from the chain's origins -- both literally and in terms of the sights, sounds and tastes.

Going Out to McDonald's in Hong Kong Is Way Different Than in America

Going Out to McDonald's in Hong Kong Is Way Different Than in America

A visit to McDonald's in Hong Kong is half a world away from the chain's origins -- both literally and in terms of the sights, sounds and tastes.

Sign of the Times -- Hitachi Looks to Block Chinese Rivals on U.S. Soil

Sign of the Times -- Hitachi Looks to Block Chinese Rivals on U.S. Soil

A South Carolina subsidiary of Hitachi Metals has joined its parent in looking to block Chinese rivals from doing business in the U.S. with what it says is stolen technology.

Is Jollibee About to Bite Off Sandwich Maker Pret A Manger in Record Deal?

Is Jollibee About to Bite Off Sandwich Maker Pret A Manger in Record Deal?

Jollibee, one of the best-known Filipino brands, is reportedly bidding north of $1 billion for British sandwich chain Pret A Manger, the biggest-ever deal out of the Philippines.

Is Jollibee About to Bite Off Sandwich Maker Pret A Manger in Record Deal?

Is Jollibee About to Bite Off Sandwich Maker Pret A Manger in Record Deal?

Jollibee, one of the best-known Filipino brands, is reportedly bidding north of $1 billion for British sandwich chain Pret A Manger, the biggest-ever deal out of the Philippines.