Net worth as at 25/09/17: $13.5 Billion
Robert Kuok has long been Malaysia’s richest person. The Chinese-Malaysian tycoon’s Kuok Group controls an empire that includes the high-end hotel chain Shangri-La, Kerry Properties and commodities trader Wilmar. He got his start trading rice, sugar and wheat flour in Malaysia in 1949 and in Singapore in 1953. A big source of his wealth is a stake in palm-oil-giant Wilmar International, which is run by nephew Kuok Khoon Hong, a Singapore billionaire.