Philanthropists in Hong Kong
No.1: Li Ka-shing
By December 2015 Forbes estimated Li’s wealth at $33.6 billion.
Over 11,000 education institutions received support from LKSF, with 81,000 scholarships awarded worldwide. Some of the biggest donations to universities include $128 million to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, and $90 million to the Li Ka-shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University.
No.2: Joseph Lau Luen Hung
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has received a HK$125 million gift from The Joseph Lau Luen-hung Charitable Trust to set up student awards and bursaries for underprivileged students, and to sponsor the strategic initiatives and other innovative projects.
No.3: Jonathan Choi Koon Shum
For his exemplary public and community service over the years, Choi has been awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star, the Bronze Bauhinia Star and Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong government.
So far, the foundation has donated around $25 million to charitable causes.
No.4: Henry Fong Yun-wah
Fong’s net wealth was estimated at $2.3 billion at the end of 2015.
Fong and family have donated more than $64 million to causes including education, medical services and social welfare.
No.5: Pan Sutong
Flamboyant billionaire and Chairman of the Goldin Group, with interests in real estate, finance and wine, Forbes estimated his wealth at $12.8 billion as at 2015
Pan gives to causes in Hong Kong and his Chinese homeland including toThe Hong Kong University’s Medical School for research on genes that may influence colon cancer.
No.6: Michael Kadoorie
Forbes estimating his net worth at $5.4 billion by the end of 2015
More than one million people in Nepal have received “gifts” from the Kadoories over a period of 30 years. It led to the transformation of entire villages, the opening of schools, large-scale infrastructure improvements, and the training of skilled staff to run and manage different organizations.
No.7: Lee Shau-kee
Previously ranked fourth in Forbes’ listing of the world’s richest men, the magazine estimated Lee’s wealth to be $24.4 billion at the end of 2015.
In late 2005, the Lee Shau Kee Foundation donated RMB330 million (about $51 million) to initiate mainland China’s largest charity-based farmer training program.
No.8: Dickson Poon
In its annual report for 2014, the Dickson Group however stated that it made charitable donations amounting to HK$791,000 (about $102,000) in that year alone.
His most publicized donation was a personal gift of £20 million (about $30 million) in 2012 to the School of Law at King’s College London. It was the largest donation from an individual in the college’s history, and the largest ever to a British or European law faculty.