AFTER a career that raced him from the peak to the nadir of Hongkong's financial community, Ronald Li Fook-shiu wants to get off the roller-coaster, a friend said yesterday. ''He is not interested in the stock market any more. He just wants to play golf,'' said the financial services' representative in the Legislative Council, Chim Pui-chung, recalling a conversation with Mr Li a few months ago. ''He's made so much money already. He's not so keen for money.'' Mr Chim said Mr Li still had ''quite a lot of property in Hongkong'', though he could not specify how much. Mr Chim added that Mr Li might have an interest in at least one broker firm. Mr Li was behind the 1986 unification of Hongkong's four markets - including the Far East Stock Exchange, which he founded in 1969. The unification represented the pinnacle of what was viewed as a brilliant career. But the accolades were short-lived. A little more than a year later, in October 1987, came the global stock market crash and Mr Li came under heavy criticism for shutting the exchange for four days. At a press conference designed to explain that controversial move, Mr Li exploded with anger at a reporter who questioned his motives. Mr Li demanded the reporter's expulsion and the photo of him shouting and pointing at the journalist went around the world, producing more criticism. The ICAC arrested Mr Li on January 2, 1988. Believed to be a billionaire before he was jailed, he made only $870,000 profit from selling the shares he was convicted of accepting corruptly. He was acquitted of two counts of corruption last June when he changed his guilty plea a day after six former exchange officials and a solicitor charged under the same indictment were acquitted. The seventh defendant acquitted was Mr Li's son, Alfred Li Kwok-lun, a solicitor who had given legal advice to the exchange.