Thursday, September 20, 2007


Based on Forbes Magazine’s 2007 list of 946 Billionaires in the World – 21 of them are from the ASEAN. Some are new comers and some are old rich. Well anyway, since I’m not gonna see my name on that list anytime soon… let’s get on with it:

Southeast Asia’s Billionaires:
Net Worth in US$ / Country / Business Owned

1. Robert Kuok, $7 Billion, Malaysia (Kuok Bros.Sdn.Bhd.)

2. Ng Teng Fong, $6.1 Billion, Singapore (Sino Group)

3. Ananda Krishnan, $6 Billion, Malaysia (Maxis Telecom)

4. Wee Cho Yaw, $4.7 Billion, Singapore (United Overseas Bank)

5. Kwek Leng Beng & Family, $4.3 Billion, Singapore (Hong Leong Bank)

6. Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, $3.4 Billion, Thailand (Chang Beer)

7. Chaleo Yoovidya, $3.1 Billion, Thailand (Red Bull)

8. The Hong Piow, $3 Billion, Malaysia (Public Bank)

9. Quek Leng Chan, $2.9 Billion, Malaysia (Hong Leong Bank)

10. Lee Shin Cheng, $2.6 Billion, Malaysia (IOI Corp)

10. Henry Sy, $2.6 Billion, Philippines (SM Prime Holdings)

10. Jaime Zobel de Ayala & Family, $2.6 Billion, Philippines (Ayala Corp)

11. Dhanin Chearavanont & Family, $2.4 Billion, Thailand (CP Group)

12. Lucio Tan, $2.3 Billion, Philippines (Philippine Airlines)

13. Huyn Phi Dung, $2 Billion, Vietnam

14. Yeo Tiong Lay & Family, $1.7 Billion, Malaysia

14. Zhong Shen Jian, $1.7 Billion, Singapore

15. R. Budi Hartono & Family, $1.5 Billion, Indonesia

16. Robert Friedland, $1.4 Billion, Singapore

17. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, $1.3 Billion, Malaysia

18. Tiong Hiew King, $1.1 Billion, Malaysia

Every year since 2004, this list changes dramatically. Filipino billionaires which used to dominate the top list are getting booted out of the Top 10 by new comers from Malaysia and Thailand. The youngest of our billionaires is Zhong Shen Jian at 50 and the oldest is Robert Kuok at 85.


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재미 said...

Woah. Loadsa singaporeans there. *wishes i were half as rich*

Imagine how many boyband concerts i could possibly go to....

Lol there goes my spazzy fangirl self once more.

Morgan Heritier said...

Whoa! We got a billionaire in Vietnam! Ch-k-ching! Way to go Vietnam!

Bjarne of Norway said...

Of al of them, the most impressive climb is Mr. Yoovidhya. The owner of Red Bull.

Friedreich said...

I added all their net worth and it 64 billion dollars. 10 billion more than what Bill Gates has!

Arunny Chantou said...

Malaysia is really filling the top 10, aren't they. Wow!

Sofia for BiSEAN said...

Why is Sultan Bolkiah not on the list?

Nam said...

I am surprised to see a Vietnamese making the list but good on him. Apparently, he is the owner of an industrial zone in Binh Duong province in South Vietnam and used to or has been a deputy in the National Assembly. So he is not just rich but powerful as well :-)

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

I wonder about the income inequality in these countries though. Is it getting better or worse?

MischMensch said...

Lol I know one of these guys. he's a school friend of my dad's wow. Wait till I tell him

vevero said...

WOW! Filipino was in the list, Robert Kuok in Malaysia has invested here in the Philippines, Kuok Philippines Properties Inc. owned Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, high end Condominiums & Shopping Malls.

vevero said...

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in the Philippines located in Manila, Mactan Island Cebu & in Boracay respectively.

flitz said...

I wanna be a billionaire so f*ckin bad. Wait for me.. I'll be on that list soon..

Anonymous said...

most of them are chinese

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