Western District on Hong Kong Island with Li Ka-shing (inset). Photo: Google Maps, Wikimedia Common

A local domestic worker who served tycoon Li Ka-shing for over 30 years was rewarded with an apartment when she retired in 2001.

According to information from the Land Registry, Li, the 89-year-old tycoon who announced his retirement on March 16, gave an apartment worth around HK$1.5 million (US$191,100) to his domestic worker in 2001 in appreciation of her loyalty and long service, news website HK01.com reported.

The 370-square-feet apartment located in Western District is now worth around HK$6 million. A member of Li’s family bought the flat for HK$90,000 (US$11,466) in 1974 and later transferred the property to Li.

The domestic worker surnamed Luk, who is now about 70-80 years old, said she retired seven years ago because she had suffered a stroke.

Luk said she served Li and his family in his mansion in Deep Water Bay on Hong Kong Island for more than 30 years.

Luk only went to the mansion during daytime and returned home at night. She said she rarely met and talked with the richest man in Hong Kong.

But she praised Li as a kind employer, saying: “You all know well, [Mr Li] always helps other people”. She said she wished her former employer good health after his retirement.

Luk’s daughter also sent her blessings to Li and wished that he would continue his charitable works.

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