Few years, later Li was able to make a fortune just by selling plastic flowers and became the largest supplier in Asia.However in 1958, he was unable to renew his company’s lease and was forced to buy a new site.Li Ka Shing is one of the greatest empire builders in the world.He has over 270,000 employees in over 50 countries. Li was born in Chaozhou in the Guangdong Province of China, but his family had to move to Hong Kong as a result of the Sino-Japanese.It was because of his hard work, adaptability and integrity that he has built a business empire which includes construction, banking, plastics, real estate, hotels, airports, cellular phones, cement production, satellite television, retail outlets, domestic transportation, ports, shipping, electric power and steel production.In 1950, he founded a plastic manufacturing company after he learnt how to operate a plant.Li’s father was a primacy school teacher in his home country and soon after his arrival in Hong Kong, he died of TB.
He hired the best technicians and invited a foreign buyer who was so impressed with the quality of the products that he placed a large order.
It was in 1967 when the opportunity to buy land at low prices arrived due to the 1967 riots.
But, he had to borrow funds from his friends and family and contacts.
Later he decided to supply quality plastic flowers to the world at extremely low prices.
To support his family, he had started working full time by the time he was 14. It was not until 1950 when he started his own business.His first business included manufacture of plastic toys and other everyday items. Li had always been hard working and he had always remained true to his moral compass.