He wanted to study in school, but his family had no money – he is the richest man today

People who achieved big are the ones who dreamt of doing something big. Even if they fail, they don’t often get into a shell making lame excuses for their failure but instead, they bounce back and go on to make history. This is called ‘success’. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam once said that a dream is not what you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep.

God has created everyone equally and it is up to the ones who set a path for themselves to become successful. There is nothing that is impossible in this world. Even the word ‘impossible’ says I’m possible. The way you take things into account matters a lot.

Li Ka Shing (Credits: Next Shark)

Li Ka-Shing stepped into this world in Guangdong province, China. Following the demise of his father, he was forced to discontinue school to back his family before he turned 15. With no proper education at one end, he was struggling to make a living. He somehow found work at plastics trading company where he worked 16 hours a day. After so many years of back-breaking work, he was able to set-up a company on his own named Cheung Kong Industries.

According to a Harvard Business School article, Li Ka-Shing is a hard-working person. He is an inspiration to many for his integrity and adaptability. Apart from establishing the business, he made a huge impact in several other fields as well. The Cheung Kong Group runs in 55 countries and employs over 260,000 staff worldwide.

“From his humble beginnings in China as a teacher’s son, a refugee, and later as a salesman, Li provides a lesson in integrity and adaptability. Through hard work, and a reputation for remaining true to his internal moral compass, he was able to build a business empire that includes: banking, construction, real estate, plastics, cellular phones, satellite television, cement production, retail outlets (pharmacies and supermarkets), hotels, domestic transportation (sky train), airports, electric power, steel production, ports, and shipping.”

From facing setbacks to becoming the business magnate of Hong Kong, Li Ka-Shing has come a long way to touch the altitude of success. He is not just a Hong Kong businessman but also an investor, and philanthropist. He is now the Hong Kong businessman in Asia, with a staggering net worth of $31.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as of April 16, 2014.

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