"When I was young, business came first, then wealth, then health and finally family. Now it's health first, then family, then my business and lastly wealth."
He was the 4th world richest person in world before the handover of HK in 1997. Since 2006, Lee has accrued substantial profits from his holdings of Mainland-controlled stocks. This return on investment has earned him nicknames including "Hong Kong's Buffett" (香港巴菲特) and "Asia's Master of Stock" (亞洲股神). He is also affectionately known as "Uncle Four", one of the very few fourth-born children in the world to have become a multi-billionaire.
In 2007, he donated HK$500 million to the University of Hong Kong and HK$400 million to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In 2015, Lee donated a site in Yuen Long to charity organisation Po Leung Kuk for developing Hong Kong's biggest youth hostel. Lee announced that the units would be leased to young people between the ages of 18 and 30 at half the market rate.