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Mr. Li Ka-shing is the Chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited.

Mr. Li was born in 1928 in Chiu Chow, a coastal city in the southeastern part of China. Mr. Li was forced to quit school when he was 12 and fled to Hong Kong with his family to avoid the perils of war. Shortly thereafter, his father suffered from tuberculosis and passed away in Hong Kong. Before he was 15, Mr. Li had to shoulder the responsibility of providing for his family and found a job in a plastics trading company where he labored 16 hours a day. By 1950, his hard work, prudence and his pursuit of excellence had enabled him to start his own company, Cheung Kong Industries. From manufacturing plastics, Mr. Li led and developed his company into a leading real estate investment company in Hong Kong that was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. Cheung Kong continued to expand by acquiring Hutchison Whampoa and Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited (renamed Power Assets Holdings Limited) in 1979 and 1985 respectively.

With roots in Hong Kong, the CK Group's businesses now span the globe, encompassing such diverse areas as ports and related services, retail, infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, property development and investment, hotel and serviced suite operation, property and project management, aircraft leasing and life sciences. Mr. Li is a strong believer in synergy—the power of combined efforts. This belief is reflected in his naming his company Cheung Kong after the Yangtze River that flows through China, a great river that aggregates countless streams and tributaries. The Times in the United Kingdom and Ernst & Young UK jointly named Mr. Li as the Entrepreneur of the Millennium at the turn of the century.

Established in 1980, the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF) has four core imperatives: 1) foster change, 2) empower people, 3) develop a better society, and 4) inspire societal improvement. Mr. Li considers the Foundation to be his “third son” and has pledged one-third of his assets to it. To date, over HKD20 billion has been put to work to support all its initiatives across 27 countries and regions. Over 80 per cent of LKSF’s donations benefit projects in the Greater China region.

In 1981, Mr. Li founded Shantou University (STU), the only privately funded public university in China with earmarked grants of over HK$8 billion through 2018. STU is the cornerstone project of the foundation and a platform to instigate reforms in the higher education sector in China. To date, Shantou University has educated over 120,000 students, including more than 47,000 medical school students.

In recognition of his philanthropic efforts and his contributions to society, Mr. Li has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Cambridge, the University of Calgary in Canada, Peking University, and the University of Hong Kong, among others. Mr. Li, a Justice of the Peace, has also received the Grand Officer of the Order Vasco Nunez de Balboa from Panama, Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold from Belgium, Knight (Commander of the Order) of the British Empire, the Grand Bauhinia Medal of Hong Kong, and the Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur from the French Government.

Mr. Li has two sons. The elder son, Victor, now serves as Group Co-Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited, and Chairman of CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited and CK Life Sciences Int'l., (Holdings) Inc. Mr. Li's younger son, Richard, is Chairman of PCCW, one of Asia's leading information technology and telecommunications companies.

5 May, 2017

 

Awards

Year  
1981 Justice of the Peace
1982 Grand Officer of the Order Vasco Nunez de Balboa ( Panama)
1986 Commander of the Order of the Crown ( Belgium)
1989 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1999 Entrepreneur of the Millennium (The Times and Ernst & Young UK)
2000 Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold ( Belgium)
  International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award ( University of Manitoba)
  Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
2001 Grand Bauhinia Medal of the Hong Kong SAR
2005 Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur ( France)
2006 Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award (Forbes)
2007 Special Honorary Award for Economic Contribution 2007 (CCTV)
  Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy (PRC Ministry of Civil Affairs)
  Presidential Award (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.)
2010 The Robert H. Alway Lifetime Achievement Award (Stanford University)
  Hong Kong Business Awards "Lifetime Achievement Award" (presented by DHL and the South China Morning Post)
2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy (The Carnegie Corporation)
  The Berkeley Medal (The University of California, Berkeley)

Honorary Degrees

Year  
1986 Honorary Doctor of Laws degree ( University of Hong Kong)
1989 Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (University of Calgary)
1992 Honorary Doctorate degree ( Peking University)
1995 Honorary Doctor of Social Science degree (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
1997 Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
1998 Honorary Doctor of Social Science degree (City University of Hong Kong)
1999 Honorary Doctor of Laws degree ( Cambridge University)
  Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences degree (The Open University of Hong Kong)

Civic Posts

Year  
1985-1990 Member of the Drafting Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)
1992-1997 Hong Kong Affairs Advisor
1995-1997 Member of the Preparatory Committee for the HKSAR
From 1996 Member of the Selection Committee for the government of the HKSAR
2006 Member of the International Business Advisory Council of the UK

Mr. Li is an honorary citizen of Shantou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanhai, Foshan, Zhuhai, Chaozhou, and Beijing, PRC and Winnipeg, Canada.