Goh Cheng Liang Net Worth : $2.15 Billion
The life of Goh Cheng Liang is a great example of rags to riches. Born to a poor family in 1928, Goh never went to school and earned his living by working in a hardware store and selling fishing nets. It was during this time that he learned business skills and he pulled his socks to shape his destiny.
He stuck his first deal when the British were auctioning surplus barrels of rotten paint from World War II; he bought all the barrels for a song. He created his own brand of paints by mixing chemicals, pigments and solvents, and named it Pigeon.
Goh made his way to success in 1950 when the Korean War broke out resulting in a ban on import. Goh utilized the opportunity to strengthen his business and tied up with Nippon Paint. The tie up led to the foundation of Nipsea Management Group.
From nothing rose a paints tycoon whose determination was as strong as a rock. Over the years, Goh diversified his business and invested in properties. Today Nippon brand is a household name in Asia and sells in more than fifteen countries across the world.
The man who neither talks to the press nor featured in any rich list, made it to the Forbes list of Singapore’s 50 richest people with a net worth of $2.15 Billion as of March 2014. Today Goh Cheng Liang is one of the richest man in Singapore.