South East Asia comprises of 11 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Out of the 11, three have popped out women billionaires which is quite an impressive feat. As Philippines and Thailand dominate our list, countries like Cambodia and Brunei go unmentioned. Check out our list of the 10 richest women in Southeast Asia and find out the secrets behind their eye-popping net worths.
Lucio and his wife Susan have cultivated their billionaire status from the retail industry. Their journey to riches began in 1998 when they opened their first store coined Puregold Price Club. Over the last decade, their business has been on an upward climb. Today they have a chain of over 150 retail stores which bring in $1.3 billion in revenue.
A clearly successful lawyer, Kartini Muljadi is the founder and senior partner of Kartini Muljadi & Rekan Law firm. Her $1.4 Billion fortune nevertheless stems from Tempo Scan a pharmaceutical company where she and her family are shareholders.
Praneetsilpa is a big gun in the media industry. She runs Thailand’s largest -selling newspaper Thai Rath, which was founded by her late husband Kampol Wacharapol in 1962. Her family has also been quick to master the trade. Her son serves as the editor-in-chief of the daily, and her daughter, Yinglak, serves as its president.
This media mogul teaches us one valuable lesson: you are never too old to achieve your dreams. She joined the billionaire club when she clocked 70! Surang began her illustrious media career in 1985 when she scooped the role of managing director of Bangkok Broadcasting & TV (BBTV). In 2011, she parted ways with the media house but now that she has mastered the craft, Surang is hoping to make it big with her own company Chan 25.
Beatrice Campos inherited her enormous wealth from her late husband Jose Campos who co-founded Unilab: the largest pharmaceutical company in Philippines. Her family also possesses a significant stake in Del Monte Pacific which is run by son Joselito.
Forbes considers her one of the most powerful women in Asia, and there is a good reason for that. She is the president of Mercury Drug a chain drug store that was founded by her father in 1945. Even before she took the wheel, the company was already making waves in the pharmaceutical realm. Vivian has, however, been lauded for sky-rocketing its success, which has also seen her net worth soar.
Thai Summit group has been one of the most successful companies in Thailand’s automotive sector since its inception in 1977. Somporn took over the reins from her late husband who was also the founder of the company in 2011. She has proved to be a competent CEO. The company has been on an upswing with its stellar returns and increased global presence.
Noodles and biscuits were enough to make Betty Ang a millionaire. She established Monde Nissin Corporation in 1979, a food company which manufactured assorted biscuits. A decade later Betty saw it fit to venture into the noodle sector, and it turned out to be a savvy decision. Today the privately-held company controls 60% share of the instant noodles market and about 33% share of biscuit market.
Nishita Shah is still getting her feet wet in the shipping and investment industry, but she is doing great for a 27 year old. She is the director and largest shareholder of Precious Shipping, a dry-bulk shipping company founded by her father in 1989. She also owns a clothing company, and her own fashion label.
Chong Chook Yew managed to scrape through our top ten list with a net worth of $345 million. But guess what? She is 91 years old and remains the richest woman in Malaysia. Her hard work during her heydays has clearly paid off. She co-founded Selangor Properties along with her late husband in 1963. She served as its managing director until 2000 when she passed on the reins to son Wen Chiu Chi.