Parents lose out to the famous Study: children see top performers as role models

ABOUT a third of Hong Kong children place actor Andy Lau Tak-wah (劉德華) before Dad as their target for achievement.

However, the family breadwinner can get some comfort as he comes ahead of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs as a hero.

Mum, on the other hand, comes in a poor fifth, according to a poll of 700 students aged from six to 18, organised by Tuen Mun Town Plaza (屯門市廣場).

Lau, 52, was the top choice from 24 names on a list, picking up 31.8 percent of the vote. He was followed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (24.6 percent), Dad (21.4 percent), Jobs (18.3 percent) and Mum (13.6 percent).

Others in the top 10 were mostly athletes like NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin Shu-how (林書豪), footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, local cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze (李慧詩) and footballer David Beckham. In 10th place was singer Lady Gaga.

“Most of those making it to the top 10 are people who are famous in their respective fields,” Hong Kong Institute of Family Education (香港家庭教育學院) director Yu Wing-fai (余榮輝) said.

Yu said he was not surprised at Lau's No 1 ranking as he is often in the news. Lau also has a wholesome image both on and off the screen.