You might not know these facts about some of Malaysia’s richest people…
Ananda Krishnan‘s (2nd richest) son, Ven Ajahn Siripanyo, is a Buddhist monk.
Lee Shin Cheng (4th richest) sought work with Dunlop Estate, an oil palm plantation company for a supervisory job at 22 years old, but was turned down. The reason given—he didn’t speak fluent English—important then because Europeans still own most of the plantations. About 20 years later, in 1989, Lee gathered enough financial might to buy up Dunlop Estate, and he described that day as the happiest in his life. Lee has two sons and four daughters, ALL were trained as lawyers.
Vincent Tan (10th richest) worked as a bank clerk, then as an insurance agent, but his career took off when he brought the first McDonald’s restaurant to Malaysia at age 29. Despite owning golf courses, he hates golf but loves scuba diving and working out at the gym.
Tony Fernandes (15th richest) is an amateur guitarist and also has achieved Grade 8 Piano.
Yaw Teck Seng & Yaw Chee Ming (28th richest) – This father-and-son owns Samling Global Limited which controls the unlisted Perdana ParkCity, the developer of Desa ParkCity in Kuala Lumpur. Yaw Chee Ming is married to Lau Cho Kun’s (20th richest) daughter, Lau Soo Lui.