Advance Search      RSS
Register | Subscribe
Nation World Business Science/Technology Photo Gallery Arts & Culture 2008 Olympics Health
Print Edition
Current Issue
· Table of Contents
· Editor's Desk
· Previous Issues
· Subscribe to Mag
Business Category
Subscribe Now >>
Expert's View
Market Watch
North American Report
Government Documents
Arts & Culture
Expat's Eye
The Good Life
2008 Olympics
Photo Gallery
Reader's Service
E-mail us
RSS Feeds
PDF Edition
Reader's Letters
Make Beijing Review your homepage
Hot Links
· Xinhua News Agency
· People's Daily
· China Daily
· China Radio International
Home> Web> Hong Kong> A Decade to Remember -10th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Return to China> Famous Hong Kong Faces on the Mainland
UPDATED: June-21-2007 NO.25 JUN.21, 2007
A Hong Kong Hero

As Asia's richest and most influential investor, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has a fortune valued at $23 billion in Forbes magazine's latest world billionaire rankings, which makes him the ninth richest person in the world.

The 79-year-old controls a real estate developer, a cell phone provider, retailers, a major supplier of electricity to Hong Kong and the world's largest operator of container terminals.

Born in Guangdong Province, he fled with his family to Hong Kong in 1940 when Japanese forces launched their invasion of south China during World War II. As a high school drop out, Li had to support his family, including his widowed mother and three younger siblings by doing manual work at the age of 14. Li began his rise in the business world founding a Hong Kong plastics firm and burst onto the public stage in 1979, when he made a deal giving him control of the ailing British-owned conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa.

Li's legions of fans admire his rags-to-riches story, work ethics, soft-spoken business style, business shrewdness and nose for buying and selling at just the right time. Li has further burnished his reputation by becoming perhaps Asia's most prominent philanthropist, who has pledged to donate one third of his wealth to the Li Ka-shing Foundation, a private fund he established purely for charitable purposes. Up to 2001, Shantou University, in Li's hometown in Guangdong and considered a life-time commitment by Li, had received over HK$ 2 billion in donations since its founding in 1981.

Top Story
- 2 Officers Detained amid Crackdown on Kiln Slavery
- Nationwide Labor Investigation into 'Brick Kiln Scandal'
- Official Says Environment Along Railway 'Effectively Protected'
- SEPA: Pollution Picture to Brighten This Year
- Famous Hong Kong Faces on the Mainland
More Famous Hong Kong Faces on the Mainland
- Stock Market Iron Lady
- Best Wuxia Author
- Mega-Star of Kungfu
- Fighter Economist
- A Hong Kong Hero
- First UN Leader from China
Most Popular
About BEIJINGREVIEW | About | Rss Feeds | Contact us | Advertising | Subscribe & Service | Make Beijing Review your homepage
Copyright Beijing Review All right reserved