Born in Beijing, China as Lai Chit, Leon was the only child in his family who were originally from Meixian(Hakka). His parents divorced when he was four. He migrated with his Malaysian father, Lai Xinsheng to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution in China. At the age of fifteen, he attended King's Way Princeton College (England) and returned back to Hong Kong at the age of seventeen. Before he became a singer in Hong Kong, he worked as a salesperson for a mobile phone company. He uses the stage name "Li Ming" or "Lai Ming" which literally means "dawn" or sunrise.

After getting the second-runner-up in the 5th New Talent Singing Awards, held by the TVB in 1986, he went to be taught singing by Dai Si Zong] and in the same year, he also obtained an artist contract from Capital Artist However he didn't get to release any albums for four years.  As a result, his teacher, Dai, arranged to have him signed a contract with Polygram (now known as Universal Music) and then got the contract with Capital Artist annulled after some negotiation.

In Polygram, he released his first album "Leon" and subsequent album "Meet In The Rain" which propelled Leon into instant stardom. His debut album went gold.  After several years at Polygram, Lai then signed a new contract with Sony Music on March 23, 1998.

Leon has been associated with many female celebrities since he began his career. One of his most famous rumoured ex-girlfriends is Shu Qi.  Apart from Shu Qi, he has been rumoured to have relationship with Dai Yun Hui, Wang Zu Xian, Vivian Chow, Kathy Chow, Seto Asaka, Michelle Reis (Winner of 1988 Miss HK Beauty Pageant, Sheila Chan (Runner-up of 1988 Miss HK Beauty Pageant), Kim Hee Sun, Lee Na Young, Mango Wang Xiu Lin.  He is currently in a relationship with one of the famous models in HK named Gaile Lok.

He was ranked 8th among the top 10 of the celebrity power rankings released by the Chinese edition of the Forbes for the year 2003.

Leon's portrayal as Li Xiao Jun in Comrades: Almost a Love Story was represented in a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

Leon is known for his statements with deep meanings. His words, "I don't eat breakfast on an empty stomach", was voted the best "Golden Words" by netizens. He is subsequently considered the "King Of Golden Words".
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