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From left, Li Ka-shing, his son Victor Li and right-hand man Canning Fok. The question now is what to expect after the elder Li has stepped down as chairman of his two flagship companies.   © Reuters
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Inheriting Li Ka-shing's empire: The two men to watch

Hong Kong tycoon's retirement leaves void at CK Hutchison

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asian Review chief business news correspondent | China

HONG KONG -- The day after Li Ka-shing's retirement as chairman of his two flagship companies, CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings, major Hong Kong newspapers splashed the same full-page color advertisement on their front pages. In the notice, adorned in celebratory red and with an illustration of Li's familiar black-rimmed eyeglasses, a group of unnamed shareholders vowed "eternal support" for the Hong Kong tycoon and to "full-heartedly congratulate" his "glorious retirement."

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