Our History

Knight Frank opened its first office in Hong Kong in 1972. Following the merger with Chesterton Petty in 2006, we have expanded our reach to Mainland China with wholly-owned offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Macau.


Significant dates in Knight Frank's history.

1896 - Knight Frank & Rutley is founded as a valuation and auction business in London.

1910 - Knight Frank moves its global headquarters to Hanover Square office.

1922 - Knight Frank sells Sir Winston Churchill’s house for him – and promptly sells him back a new one!

1983 - Knight Frank & Rutley joins with leading Hong Kong surveyor. Kan Fook Yee to form Knight Frank Kan and Baillieu.

2006 - Knight Frank Hong Kong merges with Chesterton Petty and begins expansion into Mainland China.

2008 - 98 years after arriving in Hanover Square times are changing – Knight Frank moves global headquarters to Baker Street, relocating more than 850 staff to an open plan 100,000 sq ft office.

2014 - Knight Frank operates 335 offices in 52 countries on six continents, and employs more than 12,000 staff worldwide including affiliates.

2014 - Knight Frank partners with REPro International, one of the leading Taiwanese real estate brokerage and consulting firms founded in 1999, to form REPro Knight Frank in Taiwan.