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Asia's Richest Man Has Seen the Future and It's in Europe

Billionaire Li Ka-shing, chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China.

Billionaire Li Ka-shing, chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

When a great investor speaks, it’s best to keep an eye on the direction of his feet as well as his mouth.

Li Ka-shing has pooh-poohed the notion that his commitment to Hong Kong is waning, saying in 2012 that he has a “special feeling” for the city and “definitely” won’t withdraw investments.