Meet The New Honourees Of Singapore's Tatler 300 List
1/25 Hossan Leong
A recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters), Hossan Leong is one of Singapore’s most recognised entertainers. The owner of Double Confirm Productions and co-owner of Paul Carr Media marked his 50th birthday with a three-week run of Hossan-ah 50! Love You Leong Time! at the Drama Centre Theatre, his "last big solo one-man-show". He will star in Sing’Theatre’s A Spoonful of Sherman in November.
2/25 Robert Friedland
Robert Friedland founded and chairs Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines, a leader in the mining and precious metals industries. The Reed College graduate also funds Ivanhoe Capital Corporation, which invests in emerging markets and has a 12.7 per cent stake in Australia-listed CleanTeQ Holdings, which supplies cobalt and nickel to lithium-ion battery producers. Besides his interests in mining, he is also the co-founder and co-chairman of entertainment company SK Global, and the co-founder and chairman of its producing arm, Ivanhoe Pictures. The latter collaborated with Warner Bros to produce and co-finance hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.
3/25 Ismail Gafoor
Ismail Gafoor is the CEO of Propnex Realty, Singapore’s largest real estate agency with the most number of agents. Comprising brokerage, property management, training and consultancy businesses in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, the company was listed on the Singapore Exchange’s mainboard in 2018, and its market capitalisation is now about $200 million.
4/25 Chan Chun Sing
The minister for trade and industry, and minister in charge of public service, Chan Chun Sing is responsible for driving Singapore’s economic and industrial development. When he was secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress from 2015 to 2018, he expanded the Labour Movement to represent all working people in Singapore and led efforts to address training for workers. He recently launched the Global Ready Talent (GRT) programme, a new scheme that encourages young Singaporeans to venture overseas and also help local firms to expand internationally.
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5/25 Frederick Chew
Rear admiral Frederick Chew is the CEO of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. His responsibilities include formulating strategic goals and engaging key government as well as industry stakeholders. The former Ministry of Defence deputy secretary (Technology) is also on the boards of the Defence Science and Technology Agency and DSO National Laboratories
6/25 Masagos Zulkifli
Masagos Zulkifli is the minister for environment and water resources, and the minister in charge of Muslim affairs. For 2019, the Year of Zero Waste, his ministry’s masterplan tackles food waste and electrical, electronic and packaging waste. He was formerly a minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and second minister in the Ministries of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs.
7/25 Ong Ye Kung
Ong Ye Kung is the minister for education and MP for Sembawang GRC. His ministry is seeking to reduce the load of school examinations, to lessen the emphasis on academic results and boost the joy of learning, as well as strengthen the support for under-performing students from disadvantaged families. In 2019, he also announced an enhanced bursary scheme for tertiary students.
8/25 S Iswaran
S Iswaran is the minister for communications and information. The ministry launched the Singapore Cyber Youth Programme to educate youths on cybersecurity. He is also the minister in charge of trade relations at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, overseeing various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.
9/25 Keith Tan Kean Loong
Keith Tan Kean Loong is the chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, which has signed an MOU with Alibaba Group to increase the existing collaborations for the Chinese market. Under his helm, he plans to boost Singapore’s tourism with a new integrated tourism development that will be set up in the Jurong Lake District by 2026.
10/25 Eddie Teo
Eddie Teo is the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers. The Order of Nila Utama (First Class) recipient is also the pro-chancellor of the Singapore Management University and a distinguished fellow of its School of Social Sciences. Teo was previously chairman of the Public Service Commission.
11/25 Freddy Boey
Freddy Boey is the CEO of NUS Enterprise and NUS’s deputy president (innovation and enterprise), where he is responsible for the university’s initiatives and activities in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, research translation, and graduate studies. The NUS alumnus holds more than 100 patents and is the founder of several spin-offs.
12/25 Lily Kong
Lily Kong is the first Singaporean academic and social scientist to head Singapore Management University. The Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences, researcher and author has five international fellowship awards, including the Commonwealth Fellowship Award.
13/25 Aw Kah Peng
Aw Kah Peng is the chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific focal for Chemicals Sustainability in Shell. She also supports the arts and young entrepreneurs as a board member of the Singapore Repertory Theatre as well as through her involvement in Art Outreach Singapore’s Impart Awards and NUS Enterprise’s Philip Yeo Initiative.
14/25 Muhammed Aziz Khan
Muhammed Aziz Khan is the founder and chairman of Singapore-based Summit Power International, Bangladesh’s largest infrastructure conglomerate and independent power producer with assets totalling US$1.53 billion. The art lover is also the honorary consul general of Finland in Bangladesh and chairs the Siraj Khaleda Trust.
15/25 Bicky Bhangu
The president of Rolls-Royce Southeast Asia, Pacific and South Korea, Bicky Bhangu is also the president of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore and an adjunct professor at NTU. In 2019, Rolls-Royce and NTU boosted their partnership with an $88 million stake in the second phase of their corporate lab. In 2017, Rolls-Royce and A*Star invested $8 million in a joint lab to develop smart manufacturing technologies.
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16/25 Patrick de Castelbajac
Patrick de Castelbajac was appointed the head of Airbus for Asia-Pacific in June 2019, overseeing the company’s overall strategy, industrial footprint and operations in the region. The former CEO of Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR is also Airbus’ head of sales for its commercial aircraft business in the Asia-Pacific.
17/25 Wong Ngit Liong
Under the visionary guidance of chairman and CEO Wong Ngit Liong, a UC Berkeley Fulbright scholar, Venture Corporation is a leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions today. Wong, who started his career with Hewlett-Packard, received the Distinguished Service Order at the 2018 National Day Awards.
18/25 Yao Hsiao Tung
Yao Hsiao Tung is the executive chairman and CEO of leading contract manufacturing provider Hi-P—one of the top-performing billionaire stocks on the Singapore Exchange for the year as of April 2019, with over $1 billion market capitalisation. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, in 2009.
19/25 Eldwin Chua
Eldwin Chua is the CEO of award-winning Paradise Group, which has a total of 11 culinary concepts in 100 restaurants across nine countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. The group plans to open its 150th outlet by 2021 and is targeting an annual turnover exceeding $300 million by then.
20/25 Shu Ping
Shu Ping is the co-founder of Haidilao and COO of Haidilao International Holdings. With an estimated net worth of US$1.8 billion, the company is the market leader for hotpot in China, and has over 466 outlets in over 100 cities, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and the US. Haidilao is also expanding into Malaysia, Vietnam and the UK. She is married to Zhang Yong.
21/25 Zhang Yong
The co-founder and CEO of Haidilao International Holding, Zhang Yong is Singapore’s richest person with a net worth of US$13.8 billion. He co-founded the popular hotpot restaurant chain Haidilao with his wife Shu Ping, and took it public last September. The same year, Haidilao opened its first smart restaurant in Beijing.
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22/25 Bahren Shaari
Bahren Shaari is the CEO of Bank of Singapore, the private banking arm of OCBC Bank. Under his direction, Bank of Singapore achieved US$100 billion in assets under management in 2018, two years ahead of schedule. The former managing director at UBS Wealth Management was named Berita Harian Achiever of the Year in 2018.
23/25 Manjot Singh Mann
Manjot Singh Mann is the CEO of M1. Prior to this, the telco veteran, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the field, was the CEO of Pareteum Asia, a Nasdaq-listed cloud software platform company, as well as global CEO of communications and convergence of Lebara Mobile UK.
24/25 Jimmy Yim
Senior counsel Jimmy Yim is the chairman of Drew & Napier and managing director of its celebrated dispute resolution practice. A prominent dispute resolution practitioner, he has been conferred panel arbitrator by several international arbitration organisations. Yim is recommended by name in leading legal publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500.
25/25 James Dyson
James Dyson founded British technology company Dyson. Alongside 5,850 engineers and scientists, he leads the development of technologies and products connected to environmental care. The company is investing £2.5 billion in new technologies such as high-speed motors and machine learning.