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Malaysia's Richest

Most of Malaysias biggest fortunes didnt change much over the past year. The net worth of Lee Kim Hua and her family, ranked third on our annual list, was no exceptionthat casino pile slipped by only 1.5%, to $6.5 billion. But the family made news in other ways, with high-profile attempts to expand its gambling empire in the U.S. In October it opened an $830 million casino next to the Aqueduct horse-racing track in the Queens borough of New York City. It was in the black from day one and a rival at nearby Yonkers Raceway immediately saw its growth fade. Next up for Gentinga $4 billion convention center next to the casino that would be the largest in the country at 3.8 million square feet. That project is backed by New York States governor but needs a change in the state constitution to allow a wider range of casino games than Aqueduct can offer; the company says it expects an agreement with the state by November. Things are going less well to the south in Florida. After a big lobbying push for a $3 billion, 5,200-room casino resort in Miami, the state legislature last month tabled approval of the project for at least another year, sending shares of Genting Malaysia tumbling 5% in one day. Lees son, Lim Kok Thay, who runs the Genting Group, is listed separately, at No. 16, with a $605 million fortune thats down 9% since a year ago. But another casino fortune, No. 17 Chen Lip Keongs, jumped 60%, to $600 million. Profits soared at his Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp, which holds a casino monopoly in Phnom Penh. Like Lee, who kept her same spot on the list, there was little movement among the countrys billionaires over the past year. Robert Kuok and Ananda Krishnan are still Malaysias first and second richest people, worth $12.4 billion and $9.9 billion respectively, and everyone in the top 10 remained within one place of their ranking last year. The country now has 11 billiondollar fortunes, up from 10 last year as brothers Lee Oi Hian and Lee Hau Hian, who control palm oil and chemical company Batu Kawan, saw their net worth climb just enough to propel them into the ten-figure ranks. Click here to see our list of Malaysias 40 Richest Business people.

Overall the 40 richest are worth a total of $64.4 billion, up $2.3 billion from 2011. Of these, 21 saw their fortunes rise, while 12 suffered a drop. Two members returned to the list after falling off in the last few years. And three newcomers were welcomed into the ranks of the richest, notably Ninian Mogan Lourdenadin, a doctor turned retail magnate who debuted at No. 22 with a $500 million net worth.
Rank Name Net Worth ($mil)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Robert Kuok Ananda Krishnan Lee Kim Hua & family Lee Shin Cheng Teh Hong Piow Quek Leng Chan Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary Yeoh Tiong Lay Tiong Hiew King Vincent Tan Lee Oi Hian & Lee Hau Hian

12,400

9,900

6,500

5,200

5,000

4,200

3,300

2,600

1,500

1,200

1,100

Rank

Name

Net Worth ($mil)

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Azman Hashim Shahril & Shahriman Shamsuddin Mokhzani Mahathir Anthony Fernandes Lim Kok Thay Chen Lip Keong Jeffrey Cheah Kamarudin Meranun Lau Cho Kun

900

845

685

615

605

600

580

560

525

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