Kwek Leng Beng (73)
Kwek Leng Beng has been the Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc since its incorporation.
He is the Executive Chairman of the Hong Leong Group of Companies Singapore, and City Developments Limited. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Leong Finance Limited and City e-Solutions Limited and the Chairman of Hong Leong Asia Ltd.
Mr Kwek's achievements have also captured the attention of the academic institutions. He was conferred:
Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, US), where students have an opportunity to pursue career education in business, hospitality, culinary arts or technology;
Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University (UK) whose citation traced how Mr Kwek, who joined the family business in the early 1960s, had gone on to establish an international reputation for his leadership of the Hong Leong Group, as well as being an active supporter of higher education in Singapore.
Mr Kwek also serves as a Member of the INSEAD East Asia Council. France-based INSEAD is one of the world' leading and largest graduate business schools which bring together people, cultures and ideas from around the world.
Mr Kwek is a Member of the Action Community of Entrepreneurship (ACE), which involves both the private and public sectors to create a more entrepreneurial environment in Singapore for small and medium enterprises.
Mr Kwek has distinguished himself in property investment and development, hotel ownership and management, financial services and industrial enterprises. Today, he sits on the flagship of a multi-billion empire worth over USD 20 billion in diversified premium assets worldwide, with an annual turnover of USD 4.55 billion and stocks traded on six of the world's stock markets. He currently heads worldwide staff strength of over 40,000 across a range of businesses in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Mr Kwek also played a pivotal advisory role in Las Vegas Sands Corporation's successful bid for Singapore's high profile Integrated Resort project at the Marina Bay.