Tanoesoedibjo, 49, heads Indonesia’s largest media company with four national TV stations to its name. The savvy mogul floated his stockbroking firm months before the Asian financial crisis in the late-1990s, giving him a huge influx of funds. While anti-Chinese riots raged on in Indonesia, he made his move, snapping up cheap assets whose value had dropped. He is now making forays into banking, buying ICB Bumiputera Bank in 2013 and starting MNC Bank last November.
Net worth:US$1.33 billion