Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2004 (Revised December 2005)

Li Ka-Shing

by Nitin Nohria and Bridget Gurtler


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. Teaching Purpose: To examine leadership.

Keywords: Leadership Development; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Leadership Style; Success; Business Conglomerates; Ethics; Values and Beliefs; China;


Nohria, Nitin, and Bridget Gurtler. "Li Ka-Shing." Harvard Business School Case 405-026, August 2004. (Revised December 2005.)