Andrew Tan

Chairman & CEO

The son of poor Fujian immigrants, Tan, 62, did odd jobs to put himself through university. Using money saved from his job as a kitchen appliance salesman, he took a risk and purchased a distillery. When the 1998 Asian financial crisis hit, the pragmatic businessman found a private equity investor to shore-up his stricken property company. The company survived; today, Tan’s conglomerate also includes liquor, fast food and gaming.

Company:

Alliance Global Group

Net worth:

US$4.5 billion