Forbes has released a comprehensive list of Richest People In The World, and you might recognize some of the names that have made it on that list.
1. Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan (Net Worth: US$9.7B)
Ranked #234 on Forbes's Richest Man In The World, Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan is the executive chairman and co-founder of Hong Leong Group Malaysia.
2. Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan (Net worth: $5.8B)
Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan is a Sri Lankan descent Malaysian business tycoon ranked #476 in Forbes Richest People In The World, and is the chairman of Usaha Tegas Sdn. Bhd.
3. Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow (Net worth: $5.4B)
Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow is the founder of Public Bank Berhad, although he retired as chairman back in 2019. He is currently ranked #486 on Forbes' Richest People In The World.
4. Dato' Lee Yeow Chor (Net worth: $4.9B)
Ranked #6 in 50's Richest Malaysian in 2020, Dato' Lee Yeow Chor inherited his father's business, Lee Yeow Chor, who founded the IOI Properties. He has been managing IOI Corporations ever since.
5. Tan Sri Koon Poh Keong (Net worth: $4.3B)
Tan Sri Koon Poh Keong is the co-founder of South East Asia's largest integrated aluminum producer, a business he built along with four of his brothers. He is currently the CEO of said company, namely Press Metal Sdn. Bhd.
6. Kuan Kam Hon (Net worth: $3.9B)
Kuan Kam Heng is the founder of Hartalega Holdings, the world's maker of the largest nitrile gloves with an annual production capacity of 40 billion gloves. He was a high school dropout who later found success when he started venturing into manufacturing.
7. Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai (Net worth: $3.6B)
The Executive Chairman and Founder of Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Jelebu-born businessman Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai is the proud owner of the company that controls 26% of the world market for rubber gloves.
8. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (Net worth: $2.7B)
9. Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah (Net worth: $1.4B)
The executive chairman of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah has spent four decades transforming his obscure tin-mining company into a conglomerate with interests in hotels, education, healthcare & infrastructure.
10. Tan Yu Yeh (Net worth: $1.1B)
Tan Yu Wei's wealth is credited to his stake in Mr. D.I.Y, a home improvement retail chain, which his older brother, Tan Yu Yeh founded in 2005. He is currently ranked #2524 Richest People In The World by Forbes.
Some of these billionaires went from rags to riches and dared to take risks in the face of hardship, which proved to be fruitful, as you can see.