The release of the Forbes Billionaire List is not just a ranking of net worth but also an opportunity to see how the world’s richest are using their unparalleled resources to build a better world. The 10 richest billionaires on Asia’s Most Influential 2021 list are establishing non-profit hospitals, supporting higher education, endowing prizes that honour mankind and investing in the one thing more important than wealth: people.
1. Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong, US$34.8 billion
No. 37 on the Forbes Billionaire List
Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing is the richest billionaire on Asia’s Most Influential list. His US$34.8-billion fortune traces its roots in plastic flowers and then grew into the diversified conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings, which has interests in ports services, retail, infrastructure, telecommunications and investments. Now retired, the 93-year-old has pledged to give away a third of his wealth. His Li Ka Shing Foundation has invested more than HK$20 billion (US$2.55 billion) in education and healthcare.