There is little doubt that Li Ka-shing loves his two sons, a point he made clear. What’s more, he said, they love their country

Doting dad happy with how boys turned out 
Eddie Luk
Friday, November 29, 2013
There is little doubt that Li Ka-shing loves his two sons, a point he made clear. What’s more, he said, they love their country. Li said elder son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi is hardworking and meticulous while Richard Li Tzar-kai is clever but playful. He also said Victor, who has been working alongside him for the past 30 years, is “serious and never lazy.”He said Victor has gained a clear understanding of running his business enterprises and could take over the helm within the hour if required.”My elder son Victor can succeed [me] anytime,” Li said. “I have no worries.”

Richard, chairman of phone, pay-television and internet company PCCW, is “clever” and “flexible,” his proud father said.

And – though playful at times – he is absolutely serious in his work, Li said, who is also relieved that Richard has made a success of his career.

The tycoon said he does not care how others view him.

“In the past and now, I have nothing to regret,” Li said.

“I have worked hard and kept learning continuously.”

But he did say he slightly regrets not setting up his charity foundation earlier.

Asked about his contribution to Hong Kong, Li said: “Don’t ask this question. I have remained active and have a lot of expectations for the future.”

A sprightly 85, Li said he does not fear death: “Even if I die, I can still be a beacon, lighting the path. I am leaving behind a lively foundation.”

Noting that he always remained pleasant even when facing unhappy events, Li said he has no plans to retire because there are still disturbances in the global political and economic fields.


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