Lee Shau-kee

Lee Shau-kee GBM (Chinese: ; born 7 March 1928 in Shunde, Guangdong, China) is a Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.[2] He is a real estate tycoon and majority owner of Henderson Land Development, a property conglomerate with interests in property, hotels, restaurants and internet services. In 2019, aged 91, Lee stepped down as chairman and managing director of the company, in favour of two of his sons, Peter and Martin Lee. He retains a role as an executive director.[3]

Lee Shau-kee

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Born (1928-03-07) 7 March 1928 (age 93)
CitizenshipHong Kong
OccupationFounder and former long-time Chairman of Henderson Land Development
ex-Chairman of Hong Kong and China Gas
ex-Chairman of Miramar Hotel
Spouse(s)Lau Wai-kuen (divorced)

His personal wealth is estimated to be US$33.0 billion as of July 2021, making him the second wealthiest man in Hong Kong (behind Li Ka-shing), and the 43rd richest in the world.[4] Before the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, he was the fourth-richest person in world.[5]

Since 2006, Lee has accrued profits from his holdings of Mainland-controlled stocks. He is also known as "Uncle Four", one of the very few fourth-born children in the world to have become a multi-billionaire.[6]


Lee is one of the main sponsors of the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, having donated more than HK$20 million through the Lee Shau Kee Foundation.[7]

In 2007, he donated HK$500 million to the University of Hong Kong[8] and HK$400 million to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.[9]

In 2015, Lee donated a site in Yuen Long to charity organisation Po Leung Kuk for it to develop Hong Kong's biggest youth hostel. Lee announced that the units would be leased to young people between the ages of 18 and 30 at half the market rate.[10]

Other than public philanthropy, Lee has given his Henderson Land staff cash gifts to celebrate the birth of four of his grandchildren, in amounts totalling HK$60 million over a nine-year period.[11]

In May 2018, Lee donated HK$100 million to Hang Seng Management College supporting its strategic development.[12]

Current positionsEdit


Lee has five children, including elder son Peter Lee Ka-kit and younger son Martin Lee Ka-shing, and eight grandchildren.[14][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index: Lee Shau Kee". Bloomberg L.P. 25 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Forbes Profile: Lee Shau Kee". 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ Hong Kong second richest man Lee Shau Kee steps down as property company chair, AFP via HKFP, 28 May 2019
  4. ^ "Real Time Billionaires". Forbes. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  5. ^ http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20120626/113531.shtml
  6. ^ a b [1], South China Morning Post. Retrieved December 2015.
  7. ^ HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity "Main sponsor / personMain sponsor / person" Archived 4 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 26 October 2010
  8. ^ Dr Lee Shau Kee Donated HK$500M to HKU
  9. ^ $400M Donation to Support HKUST’s Drive Towards World Class Excellence
  10. ^ [2] Lee Shau Kee donates site to youth hostel
  11. ^ "Hong Kong tycoon Lee Shau-kee hands out HK$15 million for birth of seventh grandchild". 6 October 2015.
  12. ^ Dr Lee Shau Kee Donated HK$100 Million to Support HSMC’s Strategic Development, 2018-05-07 Retrieved 2018-05-26
  13. ^ Names revealed behind Portsmouth chief Storrie's consortium, Tribal Football, 2009
  14. ^ Top 10 richest Chinese in the world

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
David Li
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Andrew Li
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal