Tycoon who doesn't like the sea view

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 September, 2004, 12:00am

An office in the city's tallest building commanding a sweeping panorama of Victoria Harbour is the epitome of success for the Hong Kong worker.

Billionaire Lee Shau-kee, however, prefers a verdant view.

When his empire, Henderson Land Development, moved its headquarters from Worldwide House to Two IFC last month, Mr Lee chose for himself a 1,000-square-foot office on the 76th floor that faces Victoria Peak.

'From a fung shui perspective, the Peak is the dragon's vein [which will bring good luck and fortune]. Look at the roof of the Peak Tower, it is the neck of the dragon and looks like a bowl that holds wealth.'

With a view of the 'dragon's vein', Mr Lee believes his office is ideally positioned to receive good luck that starts this year and will last for 20 years.

The positive response to the Grand Promenade development in Sai Wan Ho is a good start.

'The sales are unexpectedly good. Excluding the car parks, we expect to reap $12 billion against our cost of $4.5 billion,' he said. More than 1,000 flats have been sold since its launch last month.

Mr Lee said that as his business was well-established, he could afford to steal some time for the more enjoyable things in life. 'I usually come in to the office after lunch. In the morning, I will work out or go golfing.'