- GBM, DBA(Hon), DSSc(Hon), LLD(Hon)
Dr. The Honourable Lee Shau Kee, founder of Henderson Land Development Company Limited("Henderson Land"), has been the Chairman and Managing Director of the Group since its inception in 1976. He is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee of Henderson Land. Dr. Lee's other roles include Chairman and Managing Director of Henderson Investment Limited, Chairman of The Hong Kong & China Gas Company Limited and Miramar Hotel and Investment Company, Limited, Vice-Chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, Director of Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Company Limited and The Bank of East Asia, Limited, Honorary President of Shun Tak Fraternal Association and Vice-President of The Hong Kong Real Estate Developers Association.
Dr. Lee grew up in Guangdong Province, Southern China. He moved to Hong Kong in 1948 where he became a pioneer in the real estate industry. Throughout his career, Dr. Lee has earned a reputation for his ethics and people skills, as well as his ability to make wise investments. In 1996, Dr. Lee was ranked fourth in Forbes' listing of the "World's Richest Men".
As one of Hong Kong's leading businesspeople, Dr. Lee has made significant contributions to Hong Kong's economic prosperity. He is also a respected philanthropist, who has been instrumental in the creation and success of many major educational and community initiatives in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas. He has made generous contributions to higher education and training, including significant donations to all of the nine universities in Hong Kong.
Through the Lee Shau Kee Foundation, Dr. Lee has also provided scholarships, building funds and other generous support to colleges and universities around the world. In 1982, Dr. Lee established the Pei Hua Education Foundation, which has taken a visionary approach to enhancing human resources and providing educational and training opportunities in mainland China. In late 2005, through the Lee Shau Kee Foundation, Dr. Lee donated RMB330 million to initiate mainland China's largest-ever charity-based farmer training program: "The Warmth Project". With support from the Central Government, the program provided vocational training for 1,000,000 farmers and 10,000 village doctors in 1,000 counties across the country.
Dr. Lee has received many accolades throughout his career including being bestowed with honorary doctorates in business administration, social sciences and law, as well as honorary fellowships by local and overseas universities. In 2008 alone, Dr. Lee received an honorary doctorate degree from Fudan University; was named an honorary trustee and a strategic advisor to Tsinghua University; and was named an honorary director of Peking University.
In recognition of his lifelong devotion to education and his contribution to the community, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region awarded Dr. Lee with its highest honor, the Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM), in October 2007.