How Hong Kong’s Richest Billionaires Made Their Money

Buoyed by an uptick in tourism and consumption, Hong Kong’s economy grew an estimated 3.2% in 2023. Even so the post-pandemic recovery has been slower than expected amid a stagnant property sector and sluggish exports. With an IPO drought, the benchmark Hang Seng index declined 28% since we last measured fortunes a year ago. The collective net worth of Hong Kong’s 50 richest tycoons contracted by 9% to $296 billion.

Overall, 30 list members saw their fortunes fall, including Li Ka-shing, who retained the prime spot even as his net worth declined to $36.2 billion. Shares of Li’s property developer CK Asset Holdings, which has been reducing prices of its residential projects to boost demand, were down by a third from last year.

The list was compiled using information from individuals, analysts, government agencies, stock exchanges, databases and other sources. Net worths were based on stock prices and exchange rates as of the close of markets on Feb. 2 and real-time net worths on may reflect different valuations. The ranking lists both individual and family fortunes, including those shared among relatives. Private companies were valued by using financial ratios and other comparisons with similar companies that are publicly traded. The list can also include foreign citizens with business, residential or other ties to the city, or citizens who don’t reside in the city but have significant business or other ties to the city. The editors reserve the right to amend any information or remove any listees in light of new information.

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