Robert Kuok still Malaysia's richest man

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong-based Robert Kuok has maintained his position as Malaysia's richest man with a wealth of RM45.7 billion, despite a 8.0 per cent drop in his fortune, followed by T Ananda Krishnan and Public Bank's Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow.

IOI Corporation Bhd’s Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng maintained fourth spot while the richest Bumiputera entrepreneur in the country is Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary who came in fifth, according to Malaysian Business in a report on the 40 richest Malaysians.

Flamboyant AirAsia chief executive officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was ranked as the 15th most richest Malaysian with a weath of RM1.77 billion.

Malaysian Business said the wealth of the top 40 richest Malaysians was based on the value of their stake in listed companies as at Jan 20, 2012.

Ananda narrowed the gap with Kuok with a wealth of RM42.99 billion, but it was down by about 6.0 per cent this year, from 2011.

Teh had a fortune that has remained relatively intact at RM12.64 billion, a one per cent decline from before.

Despite a 10.8 per cent fall in his worth to RM11.36 billion, IOI Corp's Lee Shin Cheng maintained his fourth position while Syed Mokhtar of the Albukhary Foundation -- whose flagship is the DRB-Hicom Group-- saw his wealth grow by 8.0 per cent to RM9.53 billion.

The publication said that the combined wealth of Malaysia’s 40 richest individuals declined this year as the global credit crisis and weak equity markets took a toll on them.

Malaysia’s 40 richest were collectively worth RM193.2 billion as at Jan 20, a decline of 7.0 per cent compared with RM206.37 billion a year ago, said Malaysian Business in its Feb 16th issue.

On the bright side, there were 30 billionaires this year – three more than in 2011. - BERNAMA


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