Mr. Li Ka-shing is the Senior Advisor of CK Asset Holdings Limited and CK Hutchison Holdings Limited since 10 May 2018. Prior to his current position, Mr. Li had been Chairman and  for the past 46 years has led the CK Group on a steady path of diversification and globalisation through organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and timely strategic reviews and reorganisations at appropriate junctures in order to maximise value and returns for shareholders.

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 that was listed in Hong Kong 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 invested over HK$20 billion to work on education, medical services and research initiatives globally, with about 80% of the projects within the Greater China region. In 2006, Mr Li described his philanthropic effort as akin to having another son in the family. He called for a paradigm shift in our Asian culture of giving, through apportioning more of our wealth and means towards social capital so that we could bring forth great hope and promises for the future.

In 1981, Mr. Li founded Shantou University (STU), the only privately funded public university in China with earmarked grants of over HK$10 billion to date. 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 130,000 students, including more than 50,000 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  Chairman and Managing Director of CK Asset Holdings Limited, Chairman and Group Co-Managing Director of CK Hutchison 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.

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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 (University of Cambridge)
  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 Adviser
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.