Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Li Ka-shing has an estimated net worth of $31.2 billion as of 2017, according to Forbes. Li Ka-shing is the richest man in Asia. Born in Teochew, Guangdong, China on July 29, 1928. Li Ka-shing is one of those rag-to-rich individuals who have faced hardships before becoming big. He was employed at the age of 15 at a plastics trading company where he worked 16 hours per day. Almost a decade later, he founded his own firm Cheung Kong Industries and has overseen its tremendous growth from manufacturing plastics to a leading real estate investment company in Asia that was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. He further flourished his company by buying Hutchison Whampoa and HongKong Electric Holdings Limited in 1979 and 1985 respectively. Aside from his main businesses, he has also invested in Internet and technology having bought a small share from Facebook through his Li Ka Shing Foundation firm. Among wealthy people in Asia, he is considered the most generous and philanthropic person having spent over $1.41 billion so far to charitable causes. Since 2008, he has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings which own the world’s biggest operator of container terminals, and health and beauty retailer.