Prestige (Singapore) - - EDITOR ’S LETTER - Lauren Tan ED­I­TOR

When we be­gan putting this is­sue of Wealth to­gether, it started with the idea of throw­ing the spot­light on a new gen­er­a­tion of in­vestors and business lead­ers, while re­flect­ing the cur­rent eco­nomic clime. And I be­lieve we found ex­actly who we were look­ing for.

We have cover gent Cyrus Pun, who isn’t so much erect­ing build­ings worth in the hun­dreds of mil­lions, but is rather build­ing com­mu­ni­ties by putting in place solid, de­pend­able in­fra­struc­ture — from wa­ter treat­ment plants to hos­pi­tals and schools — in the satel­lites towns he’s de­vel­op­ing in Myan­mar. And then there’s Ruth Yeoh, who in­stead of clos­ing deals in a board room has taken it upon her­self to be­gin sus­tain­abil­ity re­port­ing for the fam­ily’s YTL group. The “hum­ble house­keeper” tells us: “As the com­pany grows in size, so will its car­bon emis­sions, so it makes sense to cal­cu­late, mea­sure and re­port what we can, and do our part to mit­i­gate risk as re­spon­si­bly as pos­si­ble.”

And then we set out to find even more game chang­ers and it was no co­in­ci­dence that some of the most in­ter­est­ing were mak­ing waves in the tech arena. One by one the pieces fell in place, as we spoke to the likes of Call Lev­els’ Cyn­thia Siantar and Daniel Chia, and Runso­cials’ Marc Hardy. And we be­gan to no­tice that re­gard­less of age, gen­der or in­dus­try what ev­ery­one had in com­mon was a sense of pur­pose — a drive, an ideal, a de­sire…to do more, to add value and to cre­ate im­pact in the lives of oth­ers. Grow­ing your own per­sonal wealth and am­bi­tions was im­por­tant, but it was just as im­por­tant to do so in a mean­ing­ful way.

That’s why this year’s Bil­lion­aire In­dex fo­cuses squarely on the re­gion’s top real es­tate barons. Re­gard­less of whether their de­vel­op­ments are mass or uber lux­u­ri­ous, are homes, fac­to­ries or of­fices, they all play a part in shap­ing com­mu­ni­ties. That’s why in the scope of in­vest­ing, our fea­tures mir­ror to­day’s sen­si­tiv­i­ties and sen­si­bil­i­ties. Our ex­perts delve into star­tups and an­gel in­vestors; the on­go­ing revo­lu­tion in im­pact and so­cially re­spon­si­ble in­vest­ing; and pas­sion in­vest­ments where mat­ters closer to the heart such as prove­nance and legacy, can some time count more than mere dol­lars and sense.


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