Net Worth: $31 Billion
- Source of Wealth Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), Cheung Kong Holdings
- Birth Place Chaozhou, Guangdong, Republic of China
- Marital Status Married (Chong Yuet Ming)
- Full Name Ka-shing Li
- Nationality Hong Kong-Canada
- Date of Birth June 13, 1928
- Ethnicity Chinese, Teochew
- Occupation Businessman
- Children 2 (Victor, Richard)
About Li Ka-shing
Currently based in Hong Kong, Li Ka-Shing is a Chinese investor, philanthropist and business magnate with an estimated net worth of $31 billion as of March 2013, according to Forbes. Sir Ka-shing Li is currently seated as the Chairman of the Board of Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). He is also considered as the largest operator of container chemicals in the world. In addition to that, he was named as the world’s largest retailer of health and beauty products.
In 2001, he was hailed by Asiaweek as one of Asia’s most powerful men. In September 2006, he became a recipient of Forbes’ magazine’s first ever “Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Apart from being a successful businessman, Li Ka-shing is also known as one of the most generous philanthropists in Asia. In fact, to date, he has already spent more than $1.41 billion for his philanthropic works.
At age 22, Li Ka-shing was able to put up his own company. From plastic manufacturing, his family grew and developed into one of the leading real estate companies based in Hong Kong today. In 1979, he acquired Hutchison Whampoa. Six years later, he purchased Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited.
At his current age of 84, Li Ka-shing continues to supervise his business empire that currently hires 26,000 employees working in 52 countries. He is known to be an investor in Spotify, Hola.org, Kaiima, Stevie, Everything.Me, and Facebook.