In Search Of New Growth Engines

Now, Asia is eyeing high tech, services, and small business

Ricky Wong is the first to admit that his life as a Hong Kong entrepreneur is hardly thrilling. From his office in the gritty Mong Kok district of Kowloon, Wong works until well after midnight, six days a week. "I don't play mah-jongg. I don't listen to music," explains Wong, 37. "I just like working." With his grind-it-out attitude, Wong is heir to the Asian entrepreneurial tradition made famous by the likes of Hong Kong property magnate Li Ka-shing and Chung Ju Yung, founder of Korean industrial giant Hyundai--tycoons who helped fuel the region's boom in the decades before the 1997 financial crisis.

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