Robert Kuok

Malaysian Businessman
Born Oct 6, 1923
Age 92
Hometown Johor
Net Worth $14.5 Billion
Ethnicity Han Chinese

Robert Kuok Hock Nien, is an influential Malaysian Chinese businessman. According to Forbes his net worth is estimated to be around $14.7 billion on Feb 2012, making him the richest person in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. 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.… Read More

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Robert Kuok
Robert Kuok
Age 92


  • Phillip Kuok
    Phillip Kuok
  • William Kuok
    William Kuok


  • Kuok Khoon Ean
    Kuok Khoon Ean

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1923 Birth 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. … Read More


1942 18 Years Old In fact, upon graduation, he worked in the grains department of Japanese industrial conglomerate Mitsubishi between 1942 and 1945.


1948 24 Years Old Kuok senior died in 1948, and Kuok and his two brothers founded Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd in 1949, trading agricultural commodities. … Read More


1955 31 Years Old Robert Kuok's son, Kuok Khoon Ean born in 1955 married Kuok Cheng Sui and holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from University of Nottingham, England. … Read More
1961 37 Years Old In 1961, he made a coup by buying cheap sugar from India before the prices shot up. … Read More


1971 47 Years Old In 1971, he built the first Shangri-La Hotel, in Singapore.


1977 53 Years Old 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.


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In 1993, his Kerry Group acquired a 34.9% stake in the South China Morning Post from Murdoch's News Corporation. … Read More
2003 79 Years Old Tan Sri Philip married Eileen Kuok and had two sons and two daughters, he died on 16 December 2003 and was awarded with Netherlands award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Orange Nassau, and decorated with Dato' Sri Paduka Mahkota Johor (SPMJ), Dato' Paduka Mahkota Johor (DPMJ) and Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM). … Read More
2009 85 Years Old On 31 October 2009, PPB Group under the flagship of Robert Kuok issued a statement to the Bursa Malaysia that it has decided to dispose of its sugar units along with land used to cultivate sugar cane for RM 1.29 billion to FELDA. … Read More
2012 88 Years Old …  According to Forbes his net worth is estimated to be around $14.7 billion on Feb 2012, making him the richest person in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. … Read More
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