Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan (born 1938) is a Malaysian Indian businessman and philanthropist. Nicknamed A K, currently he is estimated to have a net worth of US$9.6 billion according to Forbes' latest annual list of wealthiest people, making him the second wealthiest in Southeast Asia behind Robert Kuok, and number 89 in the world.
Ananda Krishnan shuns public exposure and is known to maintain a low profile for a person of his stature.
Ananda Krishnan was born in 1938 in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur's "Little India" to Tamil parents, who were indian immigrants. He studied at Vivekananda Tamil School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and furthered his studies at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. Later, as a Colombo Plan scholar, he attended the University of Melbourne, Australia for his B.A. (Honours) degree majoring in political science. During that time he boarded in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. Following that, Krishnan obtained a Masters in Business Administration at Harvard University, graduating in 1964.
Krishnan has 2 daughters and 1 son.
Krishnan’s first entrepreneurial venture was a Malaysian consultancy MAI Holdings Sdn Bhd. He set up Exoil Trading, which went on to purchase oil drilling concessions in various countries. Later, he moved into gambling (in Malaysia). In the early part of the 1990s, he started diversifying into the multimedia arena.
Currently, he has business interests in media (Astro, Johnston Press Plc), satellite (MEASAT), oil and gas (Bumi Armada, Pexco), telecommunications (Maxis, Aircel, Axis, Sri Lanka Telecom). He owns stakes in Tanjong Public Limited Company, an investment holding company with subsidiaries involved in power generation (Powertek), gaming (Pan Malaysian Pools), leisure (Tropical Islands, TGV Cinemas) and property.
Investments Of Usaha Tegas Group
Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd
MEASAT Global Bhd
Pacific States Investments Ltd
PanOcean Management Ltd
He first came to prominence by helping to organize the Live Aid concert with Bob Geldof in the mid-1980s. In the early 1990s, he began building a multimedia empire that now includes two telecommunication companies - Maxis Communications and MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems - and has three communication satellites circumnavigating the earth.
He effected the purchase of 46% of Maxis Communications, the country's largest cellular phone company, from British Telecom and AT&T Corporation for $680 million - raising his stake to 70%. Maxis has more than ten million subscribers, with around 40% market share in Malaysia. He also owns stakes in Aircel, Axis, and Sri Lanka Telecom.
In an agreement between Astro and India's Sun Network, Ananda plans to produce TV channels which cater to the Indian market, especially Tamil diaspora in countries such as US and Europe. Ananda also plans to offer TV services featuring Web-based interactivity. Ananda Krishnan owns stakes in TVB.com and the Shaw Brothers movie archives.
2. Robert Kuok
Robert Kuok Hock Nien (traditional Chinese:; simplified Chinese:; pinyin: Guō Hènián, born 6 October 1923 in Johor Bahru, Johor), is an influential Malaysian Chinese businessman. According to Forbes his net worth is estimated to be around $14.7 billion on Feb 2012, making him the richest person in Malaysia and second richest in Southeast Asia after Dhanin Chearavanont of Thailand, according to Forbe's List of World Billionaires 2013 which Robert Kuok was placed 76th. As of December 2012, According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Kuok has an estimated net worth of 17.3 billion making him the 40th richest person in the world.
Kuok is media-shy; most of his businesses are privately held by him or his family. Apart from a multitude of businesses in Malaysia, his companies have investments in many countries throughout Asia. His business interests range from sugarcane plantations (Perlis Plantations Bhd), sugar refineries, flour milling, animal feed, oil, mining, finance, hotels, properties, trading, freight and publishing. Biggest source of wealth is stake in Wilmar International, the world's largest listed palm oil company. He was a student from the school Raffles Institution.
Robert Kuok's son, Kuok Khoon Ean born in 1955 married Kuok Cheng Sui and holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from University of Nottingham, England. His other son, Kuok Khoon Ho is the Chairman of the Kuok Brothers, born in 1951 and holds Bachelor of Commerce degree, from McGill University, Canada.
Robert Kuok's brother, Tan Sri Dato' Philip Kuok Hock Khee a Malaysian Ambassador to Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany, Yugoslavia, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark was born on 18 May 1921 and attended the College of Agriculture, Serdang and later to the University of Malaya with a degree in Economics. Tan Sri Philip married Eileen Kuok and had two sons and two daughters, he died on 16 December 2003 and was awarded with Netherlands award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Orange Nassau, and decorated with Dato' Sri Paduka Mahkota Johor (SPMJ), Dato' Paduka Mahkota Johor (DPMJ) and Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM).
Robert Kuok has been the richest man in South East Asia since 2002. He is in the sugar business. Kuok's father arrived in Malaya from Fujian, China at the beginning of the 20th century, and Robert was the youngest of three brothers, born on 6 October 1923, in Johor Bahru. He claims he began in business as an office boy, and later started a business with relatives' support. In fact, upon graduation, he worked in the grains department of Japanese industrial conglomerate Mitsubishi between 1942 and 1945.
Kuok senior died in 1948, and Kuok and his two brothers founded Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd in 1949, trading agricultural commodities. Under the new post-colonial government, Kuok started in the sugar business alongside the government. In 1961, he made a coup by buying cheap sugar from India before the prices shot up. He continued to invest heavily in sugar refineries, controlled 80% of the Malaysian sugar market with production of 1.5 million tonnes, equivalent to 10% of world production, and so earned his nickname "Sugar King of Asia".
In 1971, he built the first Shangri-La Hotel, in Singapore. His first foray into Hong Kong property was in 1977, when he acquired a plot of land on the newly reclaimed Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront, where he built the second hotel, the Kowloon Shangri-La. In 1993, his Kerry Group acquired a 34.9% stake in the South China Morning Post from Murdoch's News Corporation.
His companies have investments in many countries, including Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Mainland China, Indonesia, Fiji and Australia. Businesses in China include 10 bottling companies for Coca Cola, and ownership of the Beijing World Trade Centre.
Freight interests include Malaysian Bulk Carriers Berhad and Transmile Group.
His political influence is attested by his having been selected as one of the advisors on Hong Kong's future in the runup to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong, and his minority stake in CITIC Pacific. He was also instrumental in conveying information and setting up the meetings between Malaysia and China governments leading to full diplomatic cross recognition of the two countries.
Kuok has married twice and has eight children. His fourth eldest son, which he passed on to be the holder of Shangri-la Hotels Jeffrey Ong Teng Buey married twice. He has one daughter, Alyssa Ong Lei Yeng and three sons, Justin Choo Jia Wei, Bryan Choo Jia Jun and Jon Choo Jia Sheng. Kuok officially retired from the Kerry Group on 1 April 1993. One of his sons, Kuok Khoon Ean, now handles most of the day-to-day operations of his businesses. He currently resides in Hong Kong.
On 31 October 2009, PPB Group under the flagship of Robert Kuok issued a statement to the Bursa Malaysia that it has decided to dispose of its sugar units along with land used to cultivate sugar cane for RM 1.29 billion to FELDA. The sales resulted in a one-off gain for the company. The sugar unit and sugar cane plantation were the second largest business segment upon its grain and feed which were topping the sales.
3. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Teh Hong Piow
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Teh Hong Piow (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Zhèng Hóngbiāo), the Chairman of Public Bank Berhad in Malaysia, was born in Singapore on 14 March 1930. He attended his formal primary and secondary education at the Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore. He has been married to Puan Sri Tay Sock Noy since 1956 and they have four children - three daughters and a son.
He began his banking career in 1950 as a Bank Clerk in Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd. and rose in rank to officer within five years. He joined Malayan Banking Berhad as Manager in 1960. Later in 1964, he was promoted to the position of General Manager at the young age of 34. Teh then left Malayan Banking in 1966 to set up Public Bank.
One of Malaysia's wealthiest businessmen, Piow obtained three degrees at the unaccredited Pacific Western University and two PhDs at Clayton University (also unaccredited) and University Malaya. His net worth is estimated by Forbes to be US$4.7 billion, making him the 223rd richest person in the world and the 5th richest in Malaysia
4.Tan Sri Dato' Lee Shin Cheng
Tan Sri Dato' Lee Shin Cheng (born June 3, 1939)(traditional Chinese:; simplified Chinese: pinyin: Li Shēnjìng) is a Malaysian Chinese business magnate who is heavily involved in the plantation industry.
Lee Shin Cheng heads IOI Corporation Berhad (or better known as IOI Group) as its executive chairman. IOI Group was by Forbes in 2012 a palm oil and real estate development giant. It owned refineries in the U.S. and the Netherlands and won a $322 million bid for a 6-acre plot in downtown Singapore for the residential buildings
IOI, which is listed in Bursa Malaysia, is one of the world's leading conglomerate managing oil palm plantations, specialty fats, oleochemicals and property development activities in Malaysia, Indonesia, United States, and Europe. IOI refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands is the largest palm oil refinery in Europe. IOI's oil palm plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia produce palm oil and palm kernel oil. These oils are made into specialty oils, metallic stearates and fats that are used in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and food additives. IOI Group is also a leading real estate developer in Malaysia: projects include townships, shopping malls, condominiums, office towers and resorts.
Lee grew up northeast of Kuala Lumpur on a rubber plantation, where his father ran a small Chinese food shop. He left school at the age of 11 to help support his family, selling ice cream on a bicycle for four years before returning to finish high school. He sought work with one oil palm plantation company for a supervisory job, but was turned down. The reason given—he didn't speak fluent English—important then because Europeans still own most of the plantations. Lee, who was then only 22, was undeterred with Dunlop Estate's rejection. He went on to apply and got a field supervisor job with at another palm oil company.
About 20 years later, Lee got his 'revenge' when he gathered enough financial might to buy up Dunlop Estate. In 2008, he recalled his happiest day of his life in an interview with the New Straits Times.
"My happiest day was in 1989 when I bought over Dunlop Estate from Multi-Purpose Holdings Bhd. This was because during the late 1960s, I had applied for a job at Dunlop Estate but they did not employ me because I was not adequately qualified. If they had employed me, I would probably not have owned the entire asset of Dunlop Estate today. This purchase marked a significant milestone in my life," he said.
Lee adopted a hands-on managerial style and home in on what it takes to maximize yields as early as in the 1960s. Lee's untiring walkabout at IOI's 152,000 hectares of oil palm plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia has earned him the 'tree talker' moniker among journalists, rival plantation companies and banking circles in Malaysia.
In 2005, in a rare field trip with stock analysts and journalists, Lee, the usually serious businessman, revealed a lighter side to his personality. He pointed to the oil palm trees and in a deadpan face, said the trees were his girlfriends
The growing success of IOI in the last decade has to date propelled Lee to be Malaysia's 3rd richest and world's 234th richest person. FORBES magazine, in 2009, puts his net worth at $3.2 billion.
Lee's contribution to society
In recognition of Lee's immense contributions to the evolving needs and aspirations of the property industry in Malaysia, he was bestowed the singular honour of FIABCI Malaysia Property Man of the Year 2001 Award. In February 2002, he was conferred the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Agriculture by Universiti Putra Malaysia in recognition of his contributions to the palm oil industry.
Lee serves as, among others, a Board Member of Universiti Putra Malaysia, the Adviser to the KL & Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Council Member of Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), a member of Malaysia-China Business Council, the Honorary President of Association of Eng Choon Societies of Malaysia and Federation of Hokkien Association of Malaysia.
Since 1998, Lee has been providing scholarships and educations grants to outstanding and bright young students via Yayasan Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Shin Cheng.
5. Tan Sri Dato' Lim Kok Thay
Tan Sri Dato' Lim Kok Thay (simplified Chinese:; traditional Chinese:; pinyin: Lín Guó Tài; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Kok-Thài, born 1951) is a prominent entrepreneur in Malaysia. He is the second son of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of the Genting Group and Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua.
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Berhad, the holding company of the Genting Group, a conglomerate which is involved in leisure & hospitality, power generation, oil palm plantations, property development, biotechnology and oil & gas business activities.
He is the co-founder of Genting Hong Kong Limited, formerly known as Star Cruises Limited. Star Cruises, together with Norwegian Cruise Line is the third largest cruise operator in the world, with a combined fleet of 18 ships visiting over 200 destinations in the world, and providing about 35,000 lower berths.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of London, United Kingdom. He attended the advanced management programme of Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA in 1979.
In 1976, he was appointed a director of Genting Berhad. Under the founder’s and Kok Thay’s stewardship, the Genting Group grew from a single listed entity in 1971 to five listed entities (comprising Genting Berhad), Genting Malaysia Berhad  and Genting Plantations Berhad  which are listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia; Genting Singapore Plc  which is listed on the main board of Singapore Exchange and Genting Hong Kong  which is listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
He was appointed the Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Berhad and Genting Malaysia Berhad when the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong retired in December 2003. Kok Thay has since expanded Genting’s presence globally, especially in the leisure tourism and entertainment industry.
Under his guidance, the Genting Group has developed leisure brands such as “Resorts World”, “Maxims”, “Crockfords” and “Awana”, as well as established strategic partnerships with Universal Studios, Hard Rock Hotel, Premium Outlets, Synthetic Genomics and many others.
In 1990, he assisted the Mashantucket Pequots, a Native American Tribe to establish Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Connecticut, With 340,000 square feet of floor space, the Foxwoods Resort Casino is the largest casino in the United States.
He guided the expansion works of the Group's first integrated resort, Resorts World Genting, formerly known as Genting Highlands Resort. Resorts World Genting has been voted by World Travel Awards as the "World's Leading Casino Resort in years 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010" and also voted as "Asia's Leading Casino Resort" from years 2005 to 2010.
In 2005, he expanded Group’s presence to the United Kingdom (“UK”). Today, Genting UK Plc is the largest casino operator in the UK with 43 casinos.
In 2006, Tan Sri Lim led his team to win the competitive bid to build and operate Singapore’s first integrated resort on Sentosa Island, called Resorts World Sentosa. The resort was progressively opened from January 2010  and has become a prominent tourist destination in the country. The resort features Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios Singapore, six themed hotels, Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium  and many more attractions.
Today, under the guidance of Tan Sri Lim, the Genting Group has integrated resort properties in three Asian countries, namely Resorts World Genting in Malaysia, Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and Resorts World Manila in the Philippines, attracting millions of leisure visitors and creating employment and tourism activities in these countries. The Group has two leisure projects in the United States of America, namely Resorts World New York and Resorts World Miami.
Tan Sri Lim was appointed as a Visiting Professor of the UK-based Institute of Biomedical Engineering of Imperial College, London in October 2009.He was also appointed the Honorary Professor of Xiamen University, China in December 2007
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay is married to Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, together they have 3 sons.
In 2002, he was bestowed the national award titleship of “Tan Sri” by his Majesty, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, for his contributions to Malaysia >.
In 2009, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay named the “Travel Entrepreneur of the Year” by Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia ) and “The Most Influential Person in Asian Gaming” by Inside Asian Gaming, for his contributions to the leisure and travel industry.
6.Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan
YBhg Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Guō Lìngcàn; born 1941, Singapore) is a Malaysian tycoon who co-founded Hong Leong Group Malaysia. He is one of the richest men in Malaysia with an estimated net worth of US$2.9 billion according to Forbes in 2007.
YBhg Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan studied in Victoria School in Singapore and is qualified as a Barrister-at-Law from Middle Temple, United Kingdom. He has extensive business experience in various sectors, including financial services, manufacturing and real estate. He is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong Company (Malaysia) Berhad (“HLCM”), Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Industries Berhad (“HLI”), Hume Industries (Malaysia) Berhad (“HIMB”), Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad, GuocoLand (Malaysia) Berhad, Camerlin Group Berhad and Chairman of Hong Leong Bank Berhad, HLG Capital Berhad (“HLG”), Hong Leong Assurance Berhad, Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad and Hong Leong Foundation (“HLF”).
Quek oversees the Malaysian operations of the Hong Leong Group while his cousin and fellow billionaire Kwek Leng Beng oversees the Singapore operations.
7. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Yeoh Tiong Lay
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Yeoh Tiong Lay (Chinese: pinyin: Yáng Zhōnglǐ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Iûⁿ Tiong-lé) is a Malaysian business tycoon and a prominent philanthropist. He founded YTL Corporation, Malaysia's biggest and most successful conglomerate with interests in construction, utilities, hotels, property development and technology. YTL is based primarily in Malaysia but has extensive operations in Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom, where it owns the utility Wessex Water. YTL Corp has over $3 billion in cash.
Yeoh Tiong Lay completed his secondary school education at Hin Hua High School in Klang, Malaysia. He is the father of Francis Yeoh, who is the eldest of his 7 children, all of whom are involved in the family business.
He is one of the richest individuals in Malaysia, his family is estimated to have a networth of US$ 2.7 billion, and is ranked as the 421st richest person in the world according to Forbes in 2011.
He was conferred the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his efforts in promoting bilateral relations between Malaysia and Japan on the 19th of January 2008.
He is currently one of the Pro-Chancellors of Universiti Malaysia Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah.
8. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Shah bin Syed Nor Al-Bukhary
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Shah bin Syed Nor Al-Bukhary (Arabic: سيدمختارشاهبنسيدنورالبخاري Saiyid Mukhtār Shāh bin Saiyid Nūr al-Bukhārī; born 1952) is the richest Bumiputra corporate figure in Malaysia. With involvement in diversified business areas which include transportation and logistics, plantations, property development, defense and armory as well as engineering and power generation, he has a net worth estimated to be US$3.3 billion according to Forbes, making him the 6th richest Malaysian.
Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary the third of seventh children born into a middle-low class of Hadhrami Arab ancestry. His father was a trader who had travelled to Central Asia and Thailand in his youth before settling down in Kedah during the 1940s. When Syed Mokhtar was nine years old, he was sent to Johor Bahru to live with his uncle Syed Omar where he studied until Form 2. He subsequently returned to Kedah to finish his education until form five at Saint Michael's School, and he never went to university. A whole lot of his knowledge and experience was gained through his own entrepreneurship experience during his youth time.
Due in part his family's mediocre-to-poor background, Syed Mokhtar al Bukhary had to step into the working world in his early life, while pursuing his primary and secondary studies. Syed Mokhtar helped his mother planting and selling vegetables in the market and also selling roti canai. His numeric knowledge was used to help his father in doing daily book keeping.
After finishing school, Syed Mokhtar helped his father in breeding cow business but only to see the business washed away by foot and mouth disease. Nevertheless, he took over the business and start over by selling meats. He then move on to packaging the meats and start selling them wholesale.
Syed Mokhtar and Zainal started his business in Kedah in the 1990s dealing in rice. More success followed and he moved to rice trading business. He worked even harder after he was awarded the rice trading license from Lembaga Padi Negara, and was later awarded successions of supplier contract government-linked corporations as partner with Zainal Hatim Hj Ambia Bukhary.
As his determination starting to skyrocket, he quickly moved to expand into diversification of other businesses. His next big move was in the logistics business, with initial goal to transport their trading materials. Today, his business empire has grown into areas such as plantation, property development, construction, engineering, power generation, infrastructure and ports.
He owns 51.8% share in Malaysian Mining Corporation via his wholly owned company, Syarikat Impian Teladan Sdn. Bhd. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar and Zainal Hatim personally owns SKS Ventures, which was awarded the task of building the site for 2100MW coal-fired power station at Tanjung Bin, Johor. Tan Sri Syed Mohktar has a 32% share in PERNAS through his own company, Syarikat Ratu Jernih. Syarikat Perdana Padu Sdn. Bhd. and Corak Kukuh Sdn. Bhd. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar and Zainal are Board Members of Syarikat Bina Puri Holdings Berhad, whereby, on his own, he has 7.34% share. Apart from these, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar and Zainal has varied interest in a number of companies, both in Malaysia as well as abroad.
His philanthropic values were nurtured from the age of 23 when he started a small business dealing in rice. When he received his first monthly income of RM1,500, his mother had told him to donate half of it to the poor.
From 1996 to 2006, his foundation has contributed almost RM1bil to charity, although his total income is probably in multiples of that figure.
He has humanitarian projects in Asia and Africa, including rebuilding the lives of Afghan refugees, Pakistan's ear's tsunami victims and is now working to establish an AIDS hospital in Uganda.
Among the foundation's initiatives are the Albukhary Tuition Programme for poor underachievers and the Albukhary Scholarship Programme for poor high achievers.The scholarship awarding in AL Bukhary foundation started in 2003 with 41 students from 19 countries who had been awarded the scholar ship from AL Bukhary Foundation. In the following years the number of students have reached almost 350 students.
The foundation has built a university and entire city around it, including hospital, mosque, library, food plantations, accommodation and provides tuition at no fee to underprivilledged students. :
In appreciation of his enormous services and contributions, he was bestowed with several awards, which among others, include the Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.) by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which carries the title Tan Sri and the Dato' Setia Mahkota Kedah (D.S.D.K.) by HRH The Sultan Kedah, which carries the title Dato'.
On 10 January 2008 or 1st Muharram 1429 Hijra he was announced and awarded as "Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah" by The Yang Di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia .
9.Tan Sri Dato' Azman Hashim
Tan Sri Dato' Azman Hashim, AO (born July 1939 in Kuala Lumpur) is one of the richest people in Malaysia and his net worth is estimated by Forbes to be US$600 million, making him the 9th richest person in Malaysia
Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim was born in July 1939 in Kuala Lumpur to a family of thirteen siblings and spent his childhood in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. His father was a strict disciplinarian and his mother was a school teacher who later became headmistress of the Kampung Baru Girls’ School. In 1954, he sat for the Senior Cambridge Examination and obtained a first grade. He had wanted to pursue medicine but was offered accountancy instead on a Colombo Plan Scholarship which took him to Australia from 1955 to 1960.He became a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary before the age of 21. He became a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Accountants, Australia (FCA Australia) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (FCIS) in 1960. Later he also became a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, Malaysia, the Institute of Directors, Malaysia and the Malaysian Institute of Management.
Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim is well known as a corporate figure. His professional experience began in Perth, Australia where he was employed by Messrs O.L. Haines & Co (Chartered Accountants) from 1955-1960. In 1960, he returned to serve with Bank Negara Malaysia until May 1964 when he left to start his own accountancy practice of Azman & Co which later grew into a partnership, Azman Wong Salleh & Co (Chartered Accountants). He then joined the Board of Malayan Banking Berhad in 1966 and was its Executive Director from 1971 to 1980. He was appointed Executive Chairman of Kwong Yik Bank Berhad in 1980 till 1982 when he became Chairman of the AmBank Group until today. Currently, Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim is Executive Chairman of Amcorp Group Berhad and Chairman of several subsidiaries of the AmBank Group and also Amcorp Properties Berhad.
Tan Sri Dato’Azman is Chairman of the
Malaysian Investment Banking Association
National Productivity Corporation
Pacific Basin Economic Council International(PBEC)
Non-Aligned Movement's (NAM) Business Council
Co-Chairman of Malaysia-Singapore Roundtable
Co-Chair, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Business Advisory Council
Board of Trustees, Perdana Leadership Foundation
and President of
Malaysia South-South Corporation Berhad
Malaysia-Japan Economic Association
Malaysia South-South Association
Friends of Prisons Association
He is also a Member of the
National Economic Consultative Council II (MAPEN II)
Business Advisory Council of APEC (”ABAC”)
The Trilateral Commission (Asia-Pacific Group)
Board of Advisors, AIM Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Malaysia-British Business Council
Malaysia-China Business Council
International Advisory Panel, Bank Negara Malaysia
International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)
International Advisory Panel,World Islamic Economic Forum
Leader of the ASEAN-Japanese Business Meeting (Malaysia Committee, Keizai Doyukai)
He also serves as the Treasurer for the Malaysia-US Private Sector Consultative Group and the Malaysia-Australia Foundation and also Vice-Chairman of the Malaysian Business Council and one of the Governors of the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry (JACTIM) Malaysia Foundation. He is also one of the trustees for Malaysian Liver Foundation, Better Malaysia Foundation, ECM Libra Foundation in addition to the AmGroup Foundation.
His past involvement included the Chairmanship of :
Board of Trustees National Art Gallery (from 1984 to 1991)
Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (from 1997 to 2000)
President of Malaysian Medical Association Foundation (from 1991 to 2003 )
Member of the Investment Panel of Lembaga Urusan Tabung Haji (Pilgrimage Fund Board) from 1976 to 1995
Patron of the Malaysian Endurance Riding Society (from 2001 to 2004)
Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim’s impressive and extensive contribution to many facets of Malaysian economic landscape has not gone unnoticed. To date he has been awarded numerous honours. His first major award was the Darjah ”Kesatria Mangku Negara” bestowed by His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong in 1972; His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor honoured him with the ”Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor” (DPMS) in 1980 which carried the title Dato’; this was followed by the ”Johan Mahkota Negara” (JMN) awarded by His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong in 1984. The Asian Finance magazine named him ”Asia’s Banker of the Year” in 1985. This was followed by His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong awarding him the ”Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota” (PSM) in 1988 which bestowed on him the title ”Tan Sri”.
Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim has also earned international recognition. In 1993, the ASEAN Business Forum (formerly known as the ASEAN Institute) presented him with the ”ASEAN Businessman of the Year” award. This was followed in 1995 by the ”Manager of the Year” award from the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia. The Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce awarded him with the ”Grand Entrepreneurial Award” in June 1996 and a year later he received the ”Menteri Besar Grand Entrepreneurial Award” from the Selangor Chamber of Commerce in 1997. The latest accolade bestowed on him was the ”Sathya Sai Educare Academy Values for Life Excellence” for his humanitarian contribution in 2004. He received a lifetime achievement award, at 4th Annual Islamic Business and Finance Awards 2009.
As testimony to his inspirational prominence in business and community affairs - Universiti Utara Malaysia honoured him with an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy in 1985. In recognition of his immense contribution to and success in entrepreneurship, the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration in 2004.
He is an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.