Setting up his first paint shop in 1955, Goh made his own paints in a small factory before he became the main distributor for Nippon Paint in 1959, and currently owns a 39% stake in its Japanese parent company – Nippon Paint Holdings.
In 1974, he founded Wuthelam Holdings, his investment arm that has since invested in property, electronics, trading among others.
Zhao Tao (51) is the chairman of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals, which engages in the research and development, production, and sale of traditional Chinese medicine. Founded in 1993 by Zhao Tao’s father, he owns more than 57% of the company alongside his wife.
Nephew of Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok, Kuok Khoon Hong (67) is the co-founder of Wilmar International Ltd., one of the world’s largest palm oil producers.Robert Ng is currently the chairman of the Sino Group, one of the leading property companies in Hong Kong.The Group’s core business is in developing properties for sales and investment purposes, and also invests in hotel development and management.Founder of Nippon Paint South-East Asia Group Goh Cheng Liang (90) started his entrepreneurship journey selling fishing nets during World War II.In 1949, he realised that the British were auctioning off rotten paint, and, after experimenting with different solvents and chemicals, came up with his own line of Pigeon Paint – eventually experiencing a sharp rise in business after the Singapore Government imposed restrictions on imports.According to their website, the company generated sales revenue of .4 billion and employed over 50,000 staff. Son of the late Kwek Hong Png, founder of Hong Leong Group, Kwek Leng Beng (76) is currently its executive chairman.