As one of Beijing’s most high-profile and unrestrained critics, millionaire mogul Jimmy Lai long predicted the Chinese Communist Party would come after him. Mr Lai, 73, arrived in Hong Kong in the 1960s as a 13-year-old refugee from Guangzhou in the Chinese mainland, before making his fortune in the clothing industry. But after founding the Next Digital media group, and its unashamedly pro-democratic tabloid Apple Daily, his writings and publications openly criticised the Chinese leadership and he quickly became a thorn in Beijing’s side. Mr Lai, a British citizen and resident of Taiwan, is estimated to be worth more than $1bn (£766m), but despite his nationality and fortune he remained defiant as the Chinese government tightened its squeeze on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement this year, vowing not to abandon fellow activists. In an interview in July he told the Telegraph that he was at risk from a draconian new national security that China suddenly introduced to prohibit secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion. It can impose life sentences for those caught breaking it.