Saturday, September 19, 2009

Singapore's 40 Richest (2009)

Apparently Singapore is set to become one of the countries in the world with the highest density of millionaires. Read it in the news that the number of households with a supposedly high networth of over $1 million in USD investible assets is up. I figure that out of every 10 households in Singapore, 1 household will likely fall in the "High Networth" category with over USD $1 million in investible assets.

However, the big names in town were recently published in Singapore's 40 Richest. In fact, the total wealth of Singapore's 40 richest has jumped by 20% !! Apparently, the economic crisis has not affected them at all.

I decided to try and see what did the rich invest in and how did they get so rich to have their total wealth increase by over 20% even in this economic climate.

The list of the 40 richest Singaporeans are as follows:

1. Ng Teng Fong (Real Estate)
2. Khoo Family (Hotels? - Goodwood Park)
3. Kuok Khoon Hong (Commodities - Wilmar)
4. Kwee Brothers (Real Estate)
5. Wee Cho Yaw (Banking)
6. Zhong Sheng Jian (Real Estate - Yanlord)
7. Peter Lim (Stocks - Wilmar)
8. Kwek Leng Beng (Real Estate - City Dev)
9. Lee Seng Wee (Banking - OCBC)
10. Ong Beng Seng & Christina Ong (Real Estate, businesses)
11. Lien Family (inheritance - banking)
12. Tan Boy Tee (Business - Labroy Marine)
13. Chang Yun Chung (Shipping)
14. Peter Fu Chong Cheng
15. Ho Sim Guan
16. Chua Thian Poh
17. Kwek Leng Kee
18. Henry Ng
19. Vivian Chandran
20. Koh Wee Meng
21. Olivia Lum
22. Chew Hua Seng
23. Simon Cheong
24. Ow Chio Kiat
25. Cheng Wai Keung
26. Ho Kwon Ping
27. Tan Pong Tyea
28. Lee Kian Soo
29. Yao Hsiao Tung
30. Ng Chwee Cheng
31. Loo Choon Yong
32. Kwek Leng Peck
33. Oei Hong Leong
34. John Chuang
35. Goh Lik Tuan
36. Sunny George Verghese
37. Brian Chang
38. Victor Sassoon
39. Wong Ngit Liong
40. Tay Liam Wee

I got tired after reaching no.13

Basically you get the main idea already. The 40 richest in Singapore basically got rich through the following means:

Real Estate
Banking
Businesses
Inheritance

Makes me wonder... should i start concentrating my efforts on Real Estate and Businesses?


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