The 300 List - Captains of Industry - Part 2
Leading lights in their respective fields, these outstanding business heads shine not only for their personal accomplishments but also for their significant contributions in revolutionising their industries
Our highly prestigious 300 List is one of the things Singapore Tatler is most-known and loved for. Showcasing the leaders in their industries, it focuses on Arts and Entertainment, Captains of Industry, Chief Connectors, Life style Leaders, Serving the People and Social Stalwarts, giving you the definitive guide to who's who in Singapore.
Each week, we will bring you a look at a selection of people behind the list, the men and women helping shape the society we live in. This week we look to the Captains of Industry.
Richard Chandler is chairman of the Chandler Corporation and eighth on Forbes Singapore's 50 Richest list. His company's assets include a 19 per cent stake in InterOil Corporation and almost 10 per cent in Africa Oil Corporation, both Canadian oil and gas companies. The New Zealand-born businessman is the founder of the Freedom to Create Prize.
Daughter of the late property tycoon Ng Teng Fong, Dorothy Chan is the executive director of Far East Organization, which won two FIABCI Singapore Property Awards 2014 and another two awards at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2014. The founder of Dorothy Chan SMART Centre Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme Scholarship is also a board member of Jurong Health Services.
Cheo Tong Choon
Chairman and executive director of Mewah International, Cheo Tong Choon has more than 20 years of experience in the edible oils and fats business. He was a medical practitioner until he joined the company, which his father started. He was responsible for establishing Moi Foods Malaysia, a company that packs and markets consumer pack products.
Chew Thiam Keng
Chew Thiam Keng is the CEO and executive director of Ezion Holdings, a provider of offshore marine services to the oil and gas industry, where he oversees its operations in strategic planning, corporate management and business development. The former managing director of KS Energy Services also has nine years of corporate finance and retail banking experience from his time at DBS.
Ching Chiat Kwong
Executive chairman and CEO of Oxley Holdings, Ching Chiat Kwong oversees the group's formulation of sales strategies, budget planning and its corporate direction. Oxley Holdings' recent overseas projects include the Royal Wharf waterfront development in London and The Bridge in Phnom Penh. He owns a stake in NewSat, an Australian satellite communications firm.
Fang Ai Lian
Fang Ai Lian retired as chairman of Great Eastern in 2014 and continues to chair the board of trustees of the Singapore Business Federation and the Tax Academy of Singapore. Fang supports the Breast Cancer Foundation and Home Nursing Foundation.
Tommie Goh Thiam Poh
Tommie Goh is the chairman of 2G Capital, a private investment company, and founder of JIT Holdings. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 and was conferred the Doctor of Philosophy by Wisconsin International University in 2000.
Goh Geok Khim
Goh Geok Khim is the executive chairman of GK Goh Holdings and recently led the company in acquiring a near-half stake in Domain Principal, Australia's top provider of residential aged care services. Goh is also the chairman of Temasek Foundation CLG and a non-executive independent chairman of SGX-listed agri-food company Japfa.
Hsieh Fu Hua
Hsieh Fu Hua is the chairman of UOB. The co-founder and adviser to PrimePartners Group chairs the National Gallery Singapore and serves as the president of the National Council of Social Service. The former CEO of Singapore Exchange is a director of Tiger Airways Holdings and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.
Surya Jhunjhnuwala is the managing director of Hind Group, which owns the chains of Ovolo Hotels, Naumi Hotels, Rang Mahal restaurants and Cafe O outlets. The group also owns and operates hotels and restaurants in Australia and Hong Kong. The member of the Young Presidents' Organization global network was born in Hong Kong and currently resides in Singapore. He is married to Ritu with three children.
Kuok Khoon Hong
Chairman and CEO of palm oil giant Wilmar International, Kuok Khoon Hong oversees the group's management, focusing on new business developments. Kuok is ranked 10th on Forbes Singapore's 50 Richest list. In 2014, the nephew of Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok picked up a 27.5 per cent stake in Shree Renuka Sugars, India's largest sugar refiner.
Vinod Kumar is the managing director and CEO of Tata Communications, a telecommunications company based in Mumbai. He is the former senior vice-president for Asia Netcom and also served as CEO for WorldCom Japan. An avid art collector, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science graduate also enjoys playing polo.
Kwek Leng Joo
Deputy chairman of City Developments, Kwek Leng Joo had been serving the business and civic community for over three decades. The president of Singapore Compact for corporate social responsibility was also an honorary president of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. To date, the avid photographer had raised some $2m through sales of his photo works and art books for various charitable and environmental causes.
Lee Suet Fern
Lee Suet Fern is the founder and senior director of Stamford Law Corporation, a leading Singapore-based law firm. The chairman of the Asian Civilisations Museum is also the former president of Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and a member of the National Heritage Board and the advisory board to the Law School at Singapore Management University. She was also conferred the Asian Legal Business Life Time Achievement Award.
Group CEO and executive director of ARA Asset Management, John Lim represented Singapore at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and is a recipient of the prestigious Best Managed Board (Gold) Award at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2012. The chairman of APM Property Management also serves as chairman of Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Services.
Lim Chow Kiat
Group chief investment officer of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), Lim Chow Kiat graduated with first class honours in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University before joining GIC as a portfolio manager in 1993. He was also appointed head of the fixed income, currency and commodities department.
Peter Lim made headlines in 2014, taking ownership of Valencia CF after buying majority shares owned by the football club's foundation. The investor owns 50 per cent of lifestyle real estate company Rowsley and partnered with Malaysia state-owned UEM Land to develop a $1b motorsports complex, FASTrack Iskandar, in Johor's Iskandar region that will be completed by 2016.
Liu Thai Ker
Liu Thai Ker is the senior director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers and chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Liveable Cities. The former CEO of the Housing Development Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority led the completion of more than half a million dwelling units and was pivotal in forming Singapore's urban landscape.