The Inaugural Edition of The Other Hundred was meant as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100, Bloomberg billionaires list and the countless other rich lists that are constantly making headlines. The aim was to highlight the stories of people around the world who are not rich but who deserve to be celebrated.
The Cave From 9 o’clock in the morning to 7 o'clock in the evening, Mr and Mrs Lau, both in their early 40s, collect batteries, electric motors, wire and other waste materials to recycle and resell. At their tiny warehouse space in Mongkok, one of Hong Kong’s most crowded districts, Mr Lau repairs whatever equipment he can, then sells it along with the other materials the couple have gathered to nearby hardware stores and garages.Despite the smell and the dirt, every day the couple make an effort to find time to eat and watch television together in what after 20 years has become their sanctuary. “Sometimes life is hard, but I’m the big boss of our ‘cozy’ cave, and here we can live our lives in our own way,” says Mr Lau.