Topics: The Hook Up - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Li Ka Shing is one of the greatest empire builders in the world. He has over 270,000 employees in over 50 countries. He is the richest man in Asia. Li was born in Chaozhou in the Guangdong Province of China, but his family had to move to Hong Kong as a result of the Sino-Japanese.
Li’s father was a primacy school teacher in his home country and soon after his arrival in Hong Kong, he died of TB. When Li was 12 years old, he quit school and started working as an apprentice in a factory which manufactured watch straps. To support his family, he had started working full time by the time he was 14. He worked in a plastic trading company. It was not until 1950 when he started his own business. His first business included manufacture of plastic toys and other everyday items. His first company was named Cheung Kong.
Li had always been hard working and he had always remained true to his moral compass. It was because of his hard work, adaptability and integrity that he has built a business empire which includes construction, banking, plastics, real estate, hotels, airports, cellular phones, cement production, satellite television, retail outlets, domestic transportation, ports, shipping, electric power and steel production.