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# Samuel Lee

Random fact: Son's divorce resulted in $53 million payout to ex-wife.


Lee is the owner of Langham Estate, which oversees commercial properties that span 14 acres in London’s West End. The company's holdings also include five buildings in Geneva. Lee's other assets include property in Tokyo and Hong Kong, and a stake in Shaftesbury, a London-based publicly traded real estate company.

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Industry Real Estate
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Citizenship Hong Kong
Age 77
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Birthdate: 1939
Family: Married, No children

Lee was born in Hong Kong in 1939. The sixth and youngest son from a wealthy family, his father, Lee Man Wa, was the co-founder of real estate company Prudential Enterprise.

The billionaire attended Hong Kong's Diocesan Boys' School in the 1950s, before studying civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, he joined his family's company and expanded the business into various countries, including the U.K., Switzerland and Japan.

The Langham Estate was acquired by Lee from receivers for a reported $75 million in 1994 and has since expanded through a series of purchases to cover approximately 14 acres of commercial space in London's West End. The company also owns five commercial buildings in Geneva, Switzerland.

The divorce proceedings of his son Samarthur Li in 2008 revealed that the billionaire had also been instrumental in the family’s real estate investments in Japan. Through Veloqx City Investment, an investment company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, they acquired 13 buildings. The father and son were ordered to pay a record $160 million to Li’s ex-wife in 2012 as part of the settlement, but an appeal court later reduced the award to $53 million.

Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He donated $118 million to the school to establish a real estate entrepreneurship lab in 2015.

  • 1939 Samuel Tak Lee is born in Hong Kong.
  • 1958 Graduates from Hong Kong’s Diocesan Boys’ School.
  • 1962 Earns a bachelor's degree from MIT.
  • 1964 Awarded a master's degree from MIT.
  • 1994 Acquires Langham Estate in London's West End.
  • 1998 Assists his son to set up a vehicle for real estate investment in Japan.
  • 1999 Finances his son's purchase of first building in Tokyo, V28 building.
  • 2011 Ordered to pay $160 million as part of his son's divorce settlement.
  • 2014 Reduces the pay to son's ex-wife to $53 million through an appeal.