Kumar Mangalam Birla

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Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist and the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerate corporations in India. The group is India’s third largest business house. He is also the Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science.

Kumar Mangalam Birla is a fourth generation member of the Birla family from the state of Rajasthan. He spent his childhood in Kolkata and Mumbai. He has BCom degree from University of Bombay & Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & an MBA from London Business School, London, UK, where he is also an Honorary Fellow.

Birla is married to Neerja Birla. They have three children.

Robert Budi Hartono

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Robert Budi Hartono (Oei Hwie Tjong; born in 1940) is a Chinese Indonesian tobacco billionaire with a 2015 net worth of US$9.1 billion. He owns and runs the privately held Djarum, the world’s third largest maker of clove cigarettes. Djarum has reportedly recently grabbing share from the number two cigarette firm, Sampoerna. Budi Hartono also has a stake with his brother, Michael Bambang Hartono in one of Indonesia’s biggest banks, Bank Central Asia, formerly controlled by billionaire Liem Sioe Liong. In 2009, Budi Hartono’s net worth reportedly reached US$4.7 billion and he was nominated as the richest Indonesian while Liem Sioe Liong was in 3rd place.

Hartono was born in 1940 at Semarang, Central Java. He is an alumnus of Diponegoro University, Semarang.

He is married with three children and lives in Kudus, Indonesia.

Michael Bambang Hartono

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Michael Bambang Hartono (born 1941 in Kudus, Central Java), also known as Oei Gwie Siong, is a Chinese Indonesian billionaire heir and businessman. Hartono and his brother Robert Budi are the owners of kretek (clove cigarette) manufacturer Djarum, which they inherited from their father Oei Wie Gwan upon his death in 1963. Hartono had been studying economics at Diponegoro University prior to this. According to Forbes magazine, the brothers have a combined net worth of US$15 billion at the end of 2012.

According to Forbes, Hartono has a net worth of $8.7 billion, as of January 2015.

He lives in Kudus, Indonesia and is married with four children. (more…)

Joseph Lau

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Joseph Lau Luen Hung (Chinese: 劉鑾雄) (Born 1951 in Hong Kong with family roots in Chaozhou, Guangdong) is a billionaire Hong Kong real estate investor who owns a 61% stake in Chinese Estates Holdings. His fortune is estimated by Forbes in April 2015, at $10.9 billion.

In May 2007, Lau was revealed to be among the first seven purchasers of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet for private use. And on 7 November 2007, he made the top purchase of the evening at a Sotheby’s auction by paying $39.2 million for Paul Gauguin‘s Te Poipoi, a painting of a Tahitian scene.

Lau married Bo Wing-kam (24 January 1954 – 20 April 2003) in 1977 and they were divorced in 1992. Their two children are son Lau Ming-wai(b.1980) and daughter Jade Lau Sau-yung (b. 1983). Lau Ming-wai is vice-chairman of Chinese Estates Group and is on the steering committee of the HK$10 billion Community Care Fund, begun in 2010. In 2011, he was part of Henry Tang‘s election team for the 2012 chief executive election. In 2008, Lau became the grandfather of boy-girl twins.

In 2001, Joseph Lau met Yvonne Lui, then aged approximately 24. The pair have a daughter (b. 1993) and a son (b. 2010). Meanwhile, Lau also has a long-term relationship with Chan Hoi-wan, the pair also have a daughter (b. 2008) and a son (b.2012).

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Hiroshi Mikitani

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Hiroshi Mikitani (born March 11, 1965) is a Japanese businessman, the co-founder and CEO of Rakuten.

Mikitani was born in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, Japan. Mikitani attended Hitotsubashi University, graduating in 1988. While working for the Industrial Bank of Japan, Mikitani was transferred to the US and from 1993 studied at Harvard Business School, earning an MBA.

His father is an economist, Ryoichi Mikitani (Kobe University Professor Emeritus, Yale University Professor). His mother, Setsuko spent her elementary school age in New York. After her graduation from Kobe University, she worked for a major trading company. His sister, Ikuko is a physician (MD in Osaka University). His brother, Kenichi is a University of Tokyo professor in Biology.

Mikitani worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan (now part of Mizuho Corporate Bank) from 1988 to 1996. In 1997, he left to start his own consulting group called Crimson Group.

Mikitani is married with two children.

In March 2015, Mikitani was valued at $8.7 billion by Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list, ranking at number 151.

Shiv Nadar

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Shiv Nadar (born 18 July 1945) is an Indian industrialist and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. As of 2014, his personal wealth is estimated at $11.1 billion. Nadar founded HCL in the mid-1970s and transformed the IT hardware company into an IT Enterprise over the next three decades by constantly reinventing his company’s focus. In 2008, Nadar was awarded Padma Bhushan for his efforts in the IT industry. Nadar, nicknamed by friends as Magus (Old Persian for Wizard), since mid-1990s has focused his efforts in developing the educational system of India through the Shiv Nadar Foundation.  Shiv Nadar is the brother of famous tamil novelist Ramanichandran.

Ananda Krishnan

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Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan (born 1938) is a Malaysian businessman and philanthropist. Nicknamed A K, currently he is estimated to have a net worth of US$11.7 billion according to Forbes’ latest annual list of wealthiest people, making him the second wealthiest in Southeast Asia behind Robert Kuok, and number 82 in the world.

Ananda Krishnan shuns public exposure and is known to maintain a low profile for a person of his stature.

Ananda Krishnan was born in 1938 in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur’s to Tamil parents, who were Sri Lankan origin. He studied at Vivekananda Tamil School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and furthered his studies at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. Later, as a Colombo Plan scholar, he attended the University of Melbourne, Australia for his B.A. (Honours) degree majoring in political science. During that time he boarded in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. Following that, Krishnan obtained Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, graduating in 1964.

Krishnan has 2 daughters and 1 son.

Dhanin Chearavanont

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Dhanin Chearavanont (Thai:เจียรวนนท์;Chinese:谢国民) (born 1938) is a Thai businessman based in Bangkok, with ancestral roots in Shantou, China. As of Forbes 2013 List of World Billionaires, Chearavanont is placed 58th with a net worth of $14.3 billion, making him the richest person in Thailand and in Southeast Asia.

Dhanin and family own the Charoen Pokhphand Group (C.P. Group). C.P. Group’s holdings generated cumulative revenues of approximately $46.5 billion and holds about $50.1 billion in assets. It is the largest shareholder in Ping An Insurance, a Chinese life insurance company with $461 billion in assets (2012). The C.P. Group is also the second largest shareholder in Itochu Corporation of Japan. Itochu reported revenues of over $141 billion in FY2013.

Dhanin Chearavanont’s father, Chia Ek Chor, and uncle, Chia Seow Hui, left China for Bangkok in the 1920s to begin selling seeds and agricultural chemicals. Their business diversified geographically across Asia, and vertically via a number of technology ventures and contract farming initiatives. In the 1980s, as China opened up to foreign firms, the Charoen Pokphand Group became the preferred partner for international brands such as Honda, Wal Mart, and Tesco.

The C.P. Group is one of Asia’s largest conglomerates and operates in agriculture, telecommunications, marketing, distribution and logistics, international trading, petrochemicals, property and land development, crop integration, insurance, automotive, and pet foods.

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Robert Kuok

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Robert Kuok Hock Nien (traditional Chinese: ; born 6 October 1923), is a Malaysian Chinese billionaire businessman. According to Forbes his net worth is estimated at $10.5 billion on Feb 2012, making him the richest person in Malaysia and second richest in Southeast Asia after Dhanin Chearavanont of Thailand, according to Forbe’s List of World Billionaires 2013 which Robert Kuok was placed 76th. As of December 2012, According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Kuok has an estimated net worth of 17.3 billion making him the 40th richest person in the world.

Kuok is media-shy; most of his businesses are privately held by him or his family. Apart from a multitude of businesses in Malaysia, his companies have investments in many countries throughout Asia. His business interests range from sugarcane plantations (Perlis Plantations Bhd), sugar refineries, flour milling, animal feed, oil, mining, finance, hotels, properties, trading, freight and publishing. Biggest source of wealth is stake in Wilmar International, the world’s largest listed palm oil company. He was a student from Raffles Institution and English College Johore Bahru English collegian.

Kuok has been the richest man in South East Asia since 2002. He is in the sugar business. Kuok’s father arrived in Malaya from Fujian, China, at the beginning of the 20th century, and Robert was the youngest of three brothers, born on 6 October 1923, in Johor Bahru. He grew up speaking his parents’ Chinese Fuzhou dialect, English and Japanese during Japan’s wartime occupation of Malaya.

He claims he began in business as an office boy, and later started a business with relatives’ support. Upon graduation, he worked as a clerk in the rice-trading department of Japanese industrial conglomerate Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha between 1942 and 1945, in Singapore, a conglomerate which with the help of Japanese military unit monopolized the rice trade in Malaya during the occupation period. He was soon promoted to head the rice-trading department. After the war, he took the skills he learned from the Japanese back to the family’s business in Johor.

Kuok senior died in 1948, and Kuok and his two brothers and a cousin Kuok Hock Chin founded [Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd] in 1949, trading agricultural commodities. Kuok relationship with the Japanese continued after Malaya gained independence. In 1959, Kuok formed Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Co. Bhd. together with two prominent Japanese partners. He also brought many influential Malay elite into his company as directors and shareholders which include UMNO politician and Malay royalty. Kuok was granted a monopoly of sugar production in Malaysia. In 1961, he made a coup by buying cheap sugar from India before the prices shot up. He continued to invest heavily in sugar refineries, controlled 80% of the Malaysian sugar market with production of 1.5 million tonnes, equivalent to 10% of world production, and so earned his nickname “Sugar King of Asia”.

In 1971, he built the first Shangri-La Hotel, in Singapore. His first foray into Hong Kong property was in 1977, when he acquired a plot of land on the newly reclaimed Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront, where he built the second hotel, the Kowloon Shangri-La. In 1993, his Kerry Group acquired a 34.9% stake in the South China Morning Post from Murdoch‘s News Corporation.

His companies have investments in many countries, including Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Mainland China, Indonesia, Fiji and Australia. Businesses in China include 10 bottling companies for Coca Cola, and ownership of the Beijing World Trade Centre.

Freight interests include Malaysian Bulk Carriers Berhad and Transmile Group.

His political influence is attested by his having been selected as one of the Hong Kong Affairs Advisors in the run-up to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong, and his minority stake in CITIC Pacific. He was also instrumental in conveying information and setting up the meetings between Malaysia and China governments leading to full diplomatic cross recognition of the two countries.

On 31 October 2009, PPB Group under the flagship of Robert Kuok issued a statement to the Bursa Malaysia that it had decided to dispose of its sugar units along with land used to cultivate sugar cane for RM 1.29 billion to FELDA. The sales resulted in a one-off gain for the company. The sugar unit and sugar cane plantation were the second largest business segment upon its grain and feed which were topping the sales.

In February 2014, Kuok’s Singapore-based oil services company PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) started pre-IPO talks with investors to list on the Singapore Stock Exchange to raise $400 million.

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Ma Huateng

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Ma Huateng (Chinese: 马化腾; born October 29, 1971 in Chaoyang, Guangdong), also known as Pony Ma, is a Chinese entrepreneur who founded Tencent Inc., one of the largest internet companies in China. In 2007 and 2014 Time magazine called him one of the world’s most influential people. As of February 2014, he is the third richest person in China, and the 70th richest in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$ 14 billion, according to the Hurun Report Global Rich List.

Ma, a graduate of Shenzhen University, co-founded Tencent in 1998. The company’s first product, an instant message tool named Tencent QQ, became very popular in China. Tencent soon expanded to become “China’s answer to AOL“. He currently holds the position of Chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings, one of the top three Chinese internet companies along with Alibaba and Baidu. By the end of September 2012, Tencent‘s QQ instant messaging had achieved a total of 784 million active users, an increase of 10% from the previous year. Tencent’s mobile messaging application, WeChat, has surpassed 200 million active users by the end of 2012. Other diverse services include web portals, e-commerce, and multiplayer online games. Online games such as Legend of Yulong and Legend of Xuanyuan boosted revenue by more than half, up to US$ 5.1 billion, with a US$ 1.5 billion profit margin.

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