I am a man of integrity, declares Superman Li New York property tycoon Donald Trump once said: 'It's nothing personal, just business.' For Hong Kong's top property tycoon, Li Ka-shing, perhaps the opposite applies. In a 45-minute news conference on the sidelines of his companies' annual general meeting, Mr Li spoke little about his business but gave details on his donations to Sichuan and vented his anger on media coverage, with specific reference to Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's Apple Daily. For the first time, one of Hong Kong's most high-profile men named two incidents to show how the popular Chinese-language newspaper infringed his privacy. He complained that the daily used a few bouncer-built photographers to get a photo of his granddaughter Michelle in kindergarten. But the headmaster was smart enough to ask other children to hold hands and form a group to help shield the youngster from the prying lens. In another incident, he said a reporter brought a mentally disturbed woman to the grave of his wife during one of his visits. The paper ran stories for the past two years of the woman's claim to be his daughter. 'I was really angry, but now I can laugh about it,' he told Apple Daily representatives among the audience. 'I know you always want me to be on the cover page. Perhaps, I should charge you an advertising fee.' Asia's richest man also had a problem with one of the paper's gossip comic strips, which featured him and fellow developer Lee Shau-kee sitting at a gaming table, raising their stakes on donations for Sichuan's quake victims. 'What are we competing for?' asked Mr Li. 'I've donated HK$9.7 billion so far, and 70 per cent of [the premises funded by] my donations don't even show my name. 'You can try to scandalise me,' he said, 'but after a few years, you still won't be able to do any damage. I am a man of integrity.' He made an open appeal to reporters to call the secretary of the Li Ka Shing Foundation with suggestions to help relief efforts. 'But don't waste time scandalising me,' he urged. 'And I mind my own business' Mr Li may have lost his temper with Apple Daily, but he knew not to get personal - most of the time. The media relations person hosting the media conference made it clear that Mr Li would not answer any question not related to business, but reporters still managed to ask what he thought about the Sun Hung Kai Properties' brothers discord and his view on Lee Shau-kee's prediction that the Hang Seng Index would rebound to 30,000 by August. 'If you ask me questions involving other people, every answer I give would be wrong,' said Mr Li. He only agreed to answer briefly a question on the macroeconomic outlook and the pros and cons of family businesses. 'If you like to report [on these two other topics], remember to say I had no comment on Henderson Land and Sun Hung Kai Properties.' Father defends sons The senior Mr Li's lips were also sealed when it came to a question about his younger son Richard. Asked if he knew the PCCW chairman had lined up a joint venture with Japan's All Nippon Airways to set up an airline in Hong Kong, Mr Li was quick to reply: 'I am not giving answer to a question about him.' Likewise, when his eldest son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi was quizzed on whether he wanted to buy the bankrupt Oasis Airlines, he became a bit hot under the collar. 'Have you read our news release?' he retorted. 'It said Cheung Kong (Holdings) made a loan to an individual (Raymond Lee Chak-man, who founded Oasis), not the company.' He also said he never invested in airlines, despite reports saying he always wanted to enter the aviation business.