Kwek Leng Beng may be one of Singapore’s most successful businessmen, but he is also among the country’s most enigmatic. While his companies and brands are blue-chip counters and household names, the man behind one of Asia’s largest conglomerates has steadfastly remained reticent and at times mysterious.
As his business empire extends into five continents and includes some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, the man often avoids the limelight. Few can recall that he once had the measure of Donald Trump in New York, was welcomed by Boris Johnson in London, and went into a venture with Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia. Even at home in Singapore, many have only a faint inkling that he has had a hand in the iconic architectures that dot the Marina Bay skyline, from The Sail to The South Beach, and also Marina Bay Sands.
For the first time, the legendary dealmaker opens up on his six decades of breakthroughs in sectors ranging from real estate to hospitality, from finance to manufacturing. Strictly Business tells the story of a maverick tycoon whose outfits Hong Leong and City Developments have consistently overcome crises and recessions with aplomb.
This authorised biography shares the secrets of his success and the lessons he learnt through setbacks and challenges. Kwek reveals his tormented relationship with his father and his plans for succession to the next generation in a family business which has been among the most resilient in Southeast Asia.
In the hands of bestselling author and journalist Peh Shing Huei, this first biography of Kwek reveals the negotiations behind the biggest corporate deals in real estate and hospitality, and the little-known details of the straight-talking business leader in boardrooms. Strictly Business offers rare access and insights into one of Singapore and Asia’s most influential success stories.
ISBN: 978-981-12-8448-9 (Hardcover), 978-981-12-8451-9 (Softcover)
Page Count: 300
Year Published: 2023