Li Ka-shing
Call me materialistic, but one of the biggest desires I’ve had since I was a teen is to be rich. But to be absolutely honest, I’m so horribly bad with numbers, I’m not even sure how many zeroes are there in a billion, much less a trillion. So when Asia’s wealthiest man, Ka-shing Li, said that the media is “underestimating” his net worth at US$32 billion, the only thing on my mind was, “Wait, how many zeroes is that again?”.

So, how much is Ka-shing Li really worth? Take a guess, or not, since you know we’ll tell you anyway.

Sir Ka-shing Li, a business tycoon based in Hong Kong, is currently the only Asian billionaire to make it into the top 10 rankings of Forbes‘ list of the world’s billionaires. As Chairman of the Board of Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa Limited, the 85-year-old’s empire pretty much covers every possible sector in Hong Kong, from retail to real estate development, telecommunications to ports and shipping. He even owns the electricity that powers up “the city that never sleeps”.

Perhaps it’s worth a mention that despite being the wealthiest man in Asia, Li is also a philanthropist who has made notable contributions to charities and many universities across the globe. The businessman of humble beginnings is also well-known for his down-to-earth personal style that includes plain business suits, simple ties and an inexpensive timepieces (currently a Seiko, it seems).

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Forbes ranks Li as the 8th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$32 billion (as of January 2014), but Taiwanese news site ETtoday reports that the Chinese magnate was recently heard at his company’s revenue report press conference mentioning that the global media underestimates his assets by “at least 40%”. Pardon my bad math, but that probably goes to say that the business magnate is worth at least US$53 billion! If that were true, which is highly likely since it came from the man himself, that would possibly bump his ranking up a rank or two… or three, or maybe four.

▼ Amancio Ortega in 3rd place is worth US$57 billion, Warren Buffett is ranked 4th with US$53.5 billion.スクリーンショット 2014-03-03 15.24.43

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I guess when you’re recognized as one of Asia’s most powerful figures, you don’t really give a hoot about what the rankings and media say, as Li just laughed it off jokingly, commenting that it’s probably better that the numbers were reported less.

Well, this is a complete fantasy but if I were a billionaire, I’d rather the media pay attention to my efforts rather than my assets too!

Source/top image: ETtoday