Robert Kuok

Malaysian Businessman
Born Oct 6, 1923

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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1923 Birth Kuok is in the sugar business. 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 He claims he began in business as an office boy, and later started a business with relatives' support. Upon graduation, he worked as a clerk in the rice-trading department of Japanese industrial conglomerate Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha between 1942 and 1945, in Singapore, a conglomerate which with the help of Japanese military unit monopolized the rice trade in Malaya during the occupation period. … Read More


1948 24 Years Old Kuok senior died in 1948, and Kuok and his two brothers and a cousin Kuok Hock Chin founded Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd in 1949, trading agricultural commodities. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old Another brother, William, was a member of the Malaysian Communist Party and was killed during the 'Malaysian Emergency' in 1952.


1955 31 Years Old Robert Kuok's son, Kuok Khoon Ean born in 1955 married Kuok Cheng Sui and holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, England. … Read More
1959 35 Years Old In 1959, Kuok formed Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Co. … 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.


1993 69 Years Old 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 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 had decided to dispose of its sugar units along with land used to cultivate sugar cane for RM 1.29 billion to FELDA. … Read More
2014 90 Years Old In February 2014, Kuok's Singapore-based oil services company PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) started pre-IPO talks with investors to list on the Singapore Stock Exchange to raise $400 million.
2016 92 Years Old …  According to Forbes, his net worth is estimated at $11.3 billion on March 2016, making him the richest person in Malaysia and second richest in Southeast Asia after Dhanin Chearavanont of Thailand, according to Forbes List of World Billionaires 2013 which Robert Kuok was placed 76th. … Read More
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