The richest man in Malaysia and member of the ‘Forbes 400’ has maintained a low proﬁle, seldom shedding light in public on his business empire or personal life. That is, until now.
Robert Kuok is one of the most highly respected businessmen in Asia — a legendary Overseas Chinese entrepreneur, commodities trader, hotelier and property owner. In this memoir, the 94-year-old Kuok tells the remarkable story of how, starting in British Colonial Malaya, he built a multi-industry, multinational business group. In reﬂecting back on 75 years of conducting business, he offers management insights, discusses strategies and lessons learned, and relates his principles, philosophy, and moral code. Kuok has lived through fascinating and often tumultuous times in Asia — from British colonialism to Japanese military occupation to post-colonial Southeast Asia and the dramatic rise of Asian economies, including, more recently, China. From his front-row seat and as an active participant, this keen, multi-cultural observer tells nearly a century of Asian history through his life and times. Readers interested in business, management, history, politics, culture and sociology will all enjoy Robert Kuok’s unique and remarkable story.
He is equally at home in the back streets of Johor Bahru and streets of London; the boardrooms of Hong Kong and the of power in Beijing. He is at once a Confucian sage and gentleman; a canny trader and a hard-nosed negotiator. He is a strict taskmaster, yet generous to a fault. – David K P Li, Chairman, The Bank of East Asia
About the author: Andrew Tanzer worked as a correspondent in East Asia for 20 years for Far Eastern Economic Review and Forbes Magazine and received the U.S. Overseas Press Club Award for best business reporting from abroad in magazines for his work at Forbes. He holds an M.S. injournalism from Columbia University and is a CFA Charterholder. Tanzer is currently a senior researcher, portfolio strategist, and investment writer for a New York City- based private wealth manager.