Richard Li

A stormy character polls well

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 July, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 July, 2000, 12:00am


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This weekend, it finally happened. The son outshone the father. Richard Li is beating dear ol' dad in the latest round of 'Corporate Rankings'.

Mind you, someone called Lynne Lee left them both in the dust.

Oh, did we forget to mention that these corporate rankings were for the 'Party Animal of Hong Kong'? visitors are still casting the votes that will decide who takes the title. The cyber-polls don't close until five o'clock this evening.

When voting started, things were looking good for Little Richard.

By Tuesday, he was in second place. Li Ka-shing, on the other hand, was 15th.

But in the days that followed, Richie Rich's shot at Party Animal leadership began to slip away.

Last night found him occupying his father's 15 spot, vacated as the elder Li sank.

Shame. And after Richard put all that money into throwing the millennium bash, complete with Whitney Houston et al.

But the news wasn't all bad for the Cyber-Port king this week. Richard did come out on top in one set of polls.

In fact, he beat a powerful adversary to become 'Personality of the Year'.

Votes cast by the aesthetically outraged residents of buildings overlooking his Cyber-Port site failed to block Richard's path to victory.

HK Magazine's annual readers' poll awarded 25 per cent of the vote to the tycoon.

And 22 per cent to Typhoon York, which came in second.

Must have been tough choosing between the two front runners.

One's a mass of hot air known for ruining the waterfront.

The other one's a tropical storm.

Billions up in smoke: Poor tobacco industry. Can you believe the nerve of that Florida jury awarding more than US$144 billion in punitive damages? Fortunately, the Topfive gang is here to help.

The creative geniuses there have put their heads together and come up with a list of Top Emergency Fund-Raising Ideas for Tobacco Companies.

Let's hope these help: Repackage cigarettes as US$5 'tavern incense'.

Hold cigarette prices steady but jerk matches up to US$37.93.

Open chain of 'Tarbucks' cafes, selling 'Baccacinos' for US$3 a pop.

Solicit goodwill contributions from long-time, currently living customers . . . oops! Kidnap Bill Gates and demand a ransom. Hope someone's interested.

New Red Man Teething Rings: Getting kids hooked as early as possible.

Sue those plagiarising Bond people for intellectual property violation over the Licence To Kill concept.

Tasteful humour: Every once in a while, we come across an article that doesn't really have much in the way of news value. A story that doesn't seem to be pulling its current affairs weight.

Such a story just appeared on the Reuters news wire.

Set in Italy, it recounts the tale of a man who sneaked into a closed Bologna tortellini shop. Alerted by neighbours reporting suspicious noises, the police turned up to find the 38-year-old thief tucking into a free pasta binge.

As the carbo-loading intruder was bundled into the back of a police car, he mumbled to reporters: 'And to think I don't even like tortellini'.

How, you may ask yourself, did this become an international news story? Might have something to do with the felon's rather unfortunate name.

Poor Stefano Spaghetti.

The Reuters gang just couldn't resist the chance to write 'Spaghetti Arrested for Tortellini Theft'.

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