Richard Li is a well-known name in Hong Kong for his business acumen and philanthropy. He is the youngest heir of the business tycoon La Ki Shing. Li is currently working PCCW, STAR TV (Asia), Pacific Century Insurance Holdings and STAR.
Born with a silver spoon, Li received his early education at the St. Paul’s Co-educational College. At the age of thirteen years, he was enrolled in the prestigious Menlo School in California. A hard worker, he started earning money at a very young age. He worked briefly at MC Donald’s and as a caddy at the golf course. With passion for computers, he went ahead to study the subject at Stanford University. He later withdrew from university because of personal reasons.
Li acquired Canadian citizenship in the latter of 1980’s. His citizenship proved valuable in helping him make financial dealings without any restrictions.
At the professional end, Li is chairman of PCCW and PCCW’s executive committee. Just like his father, he believes in Philanthropic causes. He recently donated $1 million to the Business Community Relief Fund for Victims of SARS.
Li Family Profile
Li Parents: Li Ka Shing and Chong Yuet-Ming
Richard Li is the younger son of business tycoon Li Ka Shing. Li Ka Shing is the chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings. He is also the world’s largest operator of health and beauty retail and container terminals. Shing was a School Dropout who has made it big due to his own efforts and hard work. He married a rich and affluent maternal uncle’s daughter named Chong Yuet Ming. The couple have two children.
Li Sibling: Victor Li
Victor is the elder sibling of Richard Li. He first made it to news headlines when he was kidnapped by Cheung Chi Keung at a young age. He was released after paying a ransom of HK$1 billion. On the educational front, he has been a bright student and studied at Standford University. He currently serves as the vice-chairman and Managing director of the Cheung Kong Limited. Victor is married to Wong Lai-kui and lives with his father at the mansion. He has three children.
Richard Li Partner: Isabella Leong
Li had been in a relationship with actor and model Isabella Leong. The couple started dating in the year 2008. In 2009, she gave birth to their first son named Ethan Li. In the year 2010, she made headlines again when she gave birth to their twin sons in San Francisco. The couple parted their ways in 2011.
Children of Richard Li and Isabella Leong
The couple has three children from the alliance. The eldest one is their son named Ethan Li, who was born on 26 April 2009. The other two are twin boys named H. Li and N. Li born in the year June 2010.
Richard Li Family Net worth:
Li is placed at 33rd position in the list of Hong Kong’s richest people by Forbes magazine in the year 2012. He is also rated on the 849th position on the Forbes list of World Billionaires. Li has a net worth of $2.1 billion in the year 2014.
On the philanthropic end, he donated CA$ 1 million to the Canadian Arts Centre. The donation started off the Annual Richard Li Young Artist Chair, which helps putting young musicians under the guidance of musical maestro. He is also on the advisory board of the APEC Business Advisory Council since 2009. His hard working attitude makes him one of the most influential personalities in Hong Kong and around the globe.