Li Ka-Shing is currently the richest person in Hong Kong and has built an empire worth over $30 billion from humble beginnings. He currently is the chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, which is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. The other interests that his companies operate in are plastics, manufacturing, real estate, electricity, retail, Internet technologies and asset management.
Li was born in 1928 in the district of Chaozhou, China. His father died when he was a boy and he had to work to help to support his family. He worked in a plastics factory for 16 hours a day at the age of 15. This level of work put him in a strong position to start his own company and Li did at the age of 22. The company that he founded was called Cheung Kong and it specialised in plastic manufacturing and then he expanded into other industries as the success of the company grew.
“Vision is perhaps our greatest strength… it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown.” – Li Ka-Shing
The company was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1971, which gave Li the additional capital to acquire other large companies such as Hutchison Whampoa and HongKong Electric Holdings Limited in 1979 and 1985.
Li speaks to the award-winning Bloomberg anchor Angie Lau in this documentary and shares his lessons for how he achieved his success.
Billionaire Li Ka Shing – Becoming Hong Kong’s Richest Man – Documentary
Entrepreneur: Li Ka-Shing
Company: CK Hutchison
Interviewer: Angie Lau