Billionaires of Southeast Asia

Billionaires of Southeast Asia

Even though it is a developing area, Southeast Asia is already home to tens of billionaires who have built business empires across the region. Having grown their companies by working with their families or as sole entrepreneurs, ASEAN billionaires are at the head of some of the largest corporations of the region.

Published yearly by Forbes magazine, the list of the world’s billionaires regroups the richest people in the world, but does not include public persons such as reigning royalty. With more than 2,100 billionaires throughout the world in 2018, Southeast Asia currently counts 102 billionaires, primarily coming from its largest economies.

Here are the countries where they come from:

  • Thailand: 30 billionaires
  • Singapore: 22 billionaires
  • Indonesia: 20 billionaires
  • Malaysia: 14 billionaires
  • Philippines: 12 billionaires
  • Vietnam: 4 billionaires

Most of ASEAN billionaires are at the head of companies heavily involved in business in Southeast Asia, and they are primarily engaged in the following businesses:

  • real estate & property
  • banking
  • agribusiness
  • power & energy
  • investments
  • retail

The list of billionaires hereafter ranks the billionaires of the region with the richest first. Note that for each billionaire some information on him and his wealth has been added, as well as a link to their Forbes profile with more details about them, their businesses and families.

1. Henry Sy

Profile – Net worth: $20 B – Country: Philippines – Source: diversified
Age: 93 – World rank: 52

2. Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi

Profile – Net worth: $17.9 B – Country: Thailand – Source: drinks, real estate
Age: 73 – World rank: 65

3. R. Budi Hartono

Profile – Net worth: $17.4 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: banking, tobacco
Age: 77 – World rank: 69

4. Michael Hartono

Profile – Net worth: $16.7 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: banking, tobacco
Age: 78 – World rank: 75

5. Dhanin Chearavanont

Profile – Net worth: $14.9 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: 78 – World rank: 95

6. Robert Kuok

Profile – Net worth: $14.8 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: palm oil, shipping, property
Age: 94 – World rank: 96

7. Robert & Philip Ng

Profile – Net worth: $10.8 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate
Age: – World rank: 140

8. Ananda Krishnan

Profile – Net worth: $7.2 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: telecoms, media, oil-services
Age: 79 – World rank: 217

8. Quek Leng Chan

Profile Profile – Net worth: $7.2 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: banking, property
Age: 76 – World rank: 217

10. Goh Cheng Liang

Profile – Net worth: $7 B – Country: Singapore – Source: paints
Age: 90 – World rank: 228

10. Sri Prakash Lohia

Profile – Net worth: $7 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: polyester
Age: 65 – World rank: 228

12. Wee Cho Yaw

Profile – Net worth: $6.6 B – Country: Singapore – Source: banking
Age: 89 – World rank: 251

13. Teh Hong Piow

Profile – Net worth: $6 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: banking
Age: 87 – World rank: 289

14. John Gokongwei, Jr.

Profile – Net worth: $5.8 B – Country: Philippines – Source: food and beverage
Age: 91 – World rank: 305

15. Kwee family

Profile – Net worth: $5.6 B – Country: Singapore – Source: Real Estate
Age: – World rank: 321

15. Lee Shin Cheng

Profile – Net worth: $5.6 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: palm oil, property
Age: 79 – World rank: 321

17. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Profile – Net worth: $5 B – Country: Thailand – Source: duty-free
Age: 60 – World rank: 388

18. Enrique Razon, Jr.

Profile – Net worth: $4.9 B – Country: Philippines – Source: ports
Age: 58 – World rank: 404

19. Lim Kok Thay

Profile – Net worth: $4.7 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: casinos
Age: 66 – World rank: 441

19. Lucio Tan

Profile – Net worth: $4.7 B – Country: Philippines – Source: diversified
Age: 83 – World rank: 441

21. Pham Nhat Vuong

Profile – Net worth: $4.3 B – Country: Vietnam – Source: diversified
Age: 49 – World rank: 499

22. Sumet Jiaravanon

Profile – Net worth: $4.2 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: 83 – World rank: 514

23. Jaran Chiaravanont

Profile – Net worth: $4.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: 87 – World rank: 527

23. Montri Jiaravanont

Profile – Net worth: $4.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: 86 – World rank: 527

25. Tony Tan Caktiong

Profile – Net worth: $4 B – Country: Philippines – Source: food
Age: 65 – World rank: 550

26. George Ty

Profile – Net worth: $3.9 B – Country: Philippines – Source: banking
Age: 85 – World rank: 572

27. Sarath Ratanavadi

Profile – Net worth: $3.6 B – Country: Thailand – Source: energy
Age: 52 – World rank: 629

28. Chairul Tanjung

Profile – Net worth: $3.5 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: diversified
Age: 55 – World rank: 652

28. Tahir

Profile – Net worth: $3.5 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: diversified
Age: 65 – World rank: 652

30. Somphote Ahunai

Profile – Net worth: $3.4 B – Country: Thailand – Source: energy
Age: 50 – World rank: 679

31. Chen Lip Keong

Profile – Net worth: $3.3 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: casinos, property, energy
Age: 70 – World rank: 703

31. Vanich Chaiyawan

Profile – Net worth: $3.3 B – Country: Thailand – Source: insurance, beverages
Age: 86 – World rank: 703

33. Thi Phuong Thao Nguyen

Profile – Net worth: $3.1 B – Country: Vietnam – Source: airlines
Age: 47 – World rank: 766

34. Manuel Villar

Profile – Net worth: $3 B – Country: Philippines – Source: real estate
Age: 68 – World rank: 791

34. Mochtar Riady

Profile – Net worth: $3 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: diversified
Age: 88 – World rank: 791

34. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth

Profile – Net worth: $3 B – Country: Thailand – Source: hospitals
Age: 84 – World rank: 791

37. Jason Chang

Profile – Net worth: $2.9 B – Country: Singapore – Source: electronics
Age: 73 – World rank: 822

37. Kwek Leng Beng

Profile – Net worth: $2.9 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate
Age: 77-  World rank: 822

37. Prajogo Pangestu

Profile – Net worth: $2.9 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: petrochemicals
Age: 73 – World rank: 822

40. Andrew Tan

Profile – Net worth: $2.7 B – Country: Philippines – Source: diversified
Age: 65 – World rank: 887

40. Krit Ratanarak

Profile – Net worth: $2.7 B – Country: Thailand – Source: media, real estate
Age: 71 – World rank: 887

42. Raj Kumar & Kishin RK

Profile – Net worth: $2.6 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate
Age: 63 – World rank: 924

44. Kuan Kam Hon

Profile – Net worth: $2.5 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: synthetic gloves
Age: 70 – World rank: 965

44. Ramon Ang

Profile – Net worth: $2.5 B – Country: Philippines – Source: Diversified
Age: 64 – World rank: 965

44. Zhao Tao

Profile – Net worth: $2.5 B – Country: Singapore – Source: pharmaceuticals
Age: 52 – World rank: 965

47. Koon Poh Keong

Profile – Net worth: $2.4 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: aluminium
Age: 56 – World rank: 1020

48. Peter Lim

Profile – Net worth: $2.2 B – Country: Singapore – Source: investments
Age: 64 – World rank: 1103

49. Choo Chong Ngen

Profile – Net worth: $2.1 B – Country: Singapore – Source: hotels
Age: 64 – World rank: 1157

49. Kuok Khoon Hong

Profile – Net worth: $2.1 B – Country: Singapore – Source: palm oil
Age: 68 – World rank: 1157

49. Ong Beng Seng and Christina Ong

Profile – Net worth: $2.1 B – Country: Singapore – Source: diversified
Age: 73 – World rank: 1157

49. William Heinecke

Profile – Net worth: $2.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: hotels
Age: 69 – World rank: 1157

53. Chuchat & Daonapa Petaumpai

Profile – Net worth: $2 B – Country: Thailand – Source: motorcycle loans
Age: 64 – World rank: 1215

53. Harald Link

Profile – Net worth: $2 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: 63 – World rank: 1215

53. Murdaya Poo

Profile – Net worth: $2 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: diversified
Age: 77 – World rank: 1215

53. Sam Goi

Profile – Net worth: $2 B – Country: Singapore – Source: frozen foods
Age: 69 – World rank: 1215

57. Chang Yun Chung

Profile – Net worth: $1.9 B – Country: Singapore – Source: shipping
Age: 99 – World rank: 1284

57. Peter Sondakh

Profile – Net worth: $1.9 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: investments
Age: 68 – World rank: 1284

57. Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary

Profile – Net worth: $1.9 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: engineering, energy, construction
Age: 66 – World rank: 1284

61. Ba Duong Tran

Profile – Net worth: $1.8 B – Country: Vietnam – Source: automotive
Age: 57 – World rank: 1339

61. Sheng Jian Zhong

Profile – Net worth: $1.8 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate
Age: 60 – World rank: 1339

61. Thaksin Shinawatra

Profile – Net worth: $1.8 B – Country: Thailand – Source: investments
Age: 68 – World rank: 1339

64. Lim Oon Kuin

Profile – Net worth: $1.7 B – Country: Singapore – Source: oil trading
Age: 74 – World rank: 1394

64. Prayudh Mahagitsiri

Profile – Net worth: $1.7 B – Country: Thailand – Source: coffee, shipping
Age: 72 – World rank: 1394

64. Theodore Rachmat

Profile – Net worth: $1.7 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: diversified
Age: 74 – World rank: 1394

64. Wichai Thongtang

Profile – Net worth: $1.7 B – Country: Thailand – Source: investments
Age: 71 – World rank: 1394

68. Asok Kumar Hiranandani

Profile – Net worth: $1.5 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate
Age: 63 – World rank: 1561

68. Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja

Profile – Net worth: $1.5 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: media, tech
Age: 64 – World rank: 1561

68. Keeree Kanjanapas

Profile – Net worth: $1.5 B – Country: Thailand – Source: transportation
Age: 67 – World rank: 1561

68. Low Tuck Kwong

Profile – Net worth: $1.5 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: coal
Age: 69 – World rank: 1561

68. Thongma Vijitpongpun

Profile – Net worth: $1.5 B – Country: Thailand – Source: real estate
Age: 59 – World rank: 1561

73. Chua Thian Poh

Profile – Net worth: $1.4 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate
Age: 69 – World rank: 1650

73. Ciputra

Profile – Net worth: $1.4 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: real estate
Age: 86 – World rank: 1650

73. Martua Sitorius

Profile – Net worth: $1.4 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: palm oil
Age: 58 – World rank: 1650

73. Oei Hong Leong

Profile – Net worth: $1.4 B – Country: Singapore – Source: investments
Age: 69 – World rank: 1650

73. Robert Coyiuto, Jr.

Profile – Net worth: $1.4 B – Country: Philippines – Source: power
Age: 65 – World rank: 1650

78. Alexander Tedja

Profile – Net worth: $1.3 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: real estate
Age: 72 – World rank: 1756

78. Djoko Susanto

Profile – Net worth: $1.3 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: supermarkets
Age: 68 – World rank: 1756

78. Eduardo Cojuangco

Profile – Net worth: $1.3 B – Country: Philippines – Source: food, drinks
Age: 82 – World rank: 1756

78. Jeffrey Cheah

Profile – Net worth: $1.3 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: property
Age: 72 – World rank: 1756

78. Long Tran Dinh

Profile – Net worth: $1.3 B – Country: Vietnam – Source: steel, heavy industry
Age: 57 – World rank: 1756

83. Harjo Sutanto

Profile – Net worth: $1.2 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: consumer goods
Age: 91 – World rank: 1867

83. Lim Wee Chai

Profile – Net worth: $1.2 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: rubber gloves
Age: 60 – World rank: 1867

83. Phongthep Chiaravanont

Profile – Net worth: $1.2 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: 66 – World rank: 1867

83. Rit Thirakomen

Profile – Net worth: $1.2 B – Country: Thailand – Source: restaurants
Age: 66 – World rank: 1867

83. Ron Sim

Profile – Net worth: $1.2 B – Country: Singapore – Source: retail
Age: 59 – World rank: 1867

88. Chatchai Kaewbootta

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: auto loans
Age: 66 – World rank: 1999

88. Hary Tanoesoedibjo

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: media
Age: 52 – World rank: 1999

88. Koh Wee Meng

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Singapore – Source: real estate, hotels
Age: 54 – World rank: 1999

88. Manas Chiaravanond

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: – World rank: 1999

88. Min-Liang Tan

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Singapore – Source: gaming
Age: 40 – World rank: 1999

88. Niti Osathanugrah

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: investments
Age: 44 – World rank: 1999

88. Prathip Chiaravanond

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: – World rank: 1999

88. Roberto Ongpin

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Philippines – Source: diversified
Age: 81 – World rank: 1999

88. Soegiarto Adikoesoemo

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: chemicals
Age: 79 – World rank: 1999

88. Sukanto Tanoto

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Indonesia – Source: diversified
Age: 68 – World rank: 1999

88. Tiong Hiew King

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Malaysia – Source: timber, media
Age: 82 – World rank: 1999

88. Yupa Chiaravanond

Profile – Net worth: $1.1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: diversified
Age: – World rank: 1999

100. Pete Bodharamik

Profile – Net worth: $1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: telecom
Age: 45 – World rank: 2124

100. Sathien Setthasit

Profile – Net worth: $1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: energy drinks
Age: 63 – World rank: 2124

100. Surin Upatkoon

Profile – Net worth: $1 B – Country: Thailand – Source: telecom, lotteries, insurance
Age: 68 – World rank: 2124

Source: Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires

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