Lee Shau Kee, the majority stake owner of Henderson Land Development, was born in China’s southern province Guangdong in January 29, 1928. He spent his early years in Hong Kong and devoted his 40 years of life in doing some commercial business and property development.
Currently he holds many positions; he is the Chairman of Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, Chairman of Miramar Hotel and Investment, Founder, Chairman, Managing Director of Henderson Land Development Company Limited, Vice Chairman Independent Non-Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, Member of Board of Directors of Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Limited and The Bank of East Asia Limited. He has his stakes in China Shenhua Energy, China Life, and PetroChina.
He contributed The Chinese University of Hong Kong a lot. Dr Lee has been a Member of the then Advisory Board of the Three-year MBA Programme since 1977 and a Member on the Board of Trustees of the United College since 1988. In 1991, Dr Lee donated to the CUHK-Yale South China Studies Programme, which funded academic conferences and research projects, grunted fellowships for doctoral students and researchers and lectureships, and made library collections and research resources. He has donated to the Chinese University to support research works and human resources development.
In 1993, Chinese University awarded Dr Lee with the honorary degree of Doctor of Social Science.
In 2006, he could make a substantial profit from Mainland-controlled stocks after which he was named the Hong Kong’s Warren Buffett
Dr. Lee was honored with the highest award the ‘Grand Bauhinia Medal’ for serving community by Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2007.
According to Forbes Magazine 2010, he is the second wealthiest person in Greater China Region and Hong Cong and the world’s 22th richest man whose net worth is $18.5 billion.
Written by: Mousumi Kumar Saha