Eka Tjipta Widjaja

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Eka Tjipta Widjaja
Born 3 October 1923 (1923-10-03) (age 91)
Quanzhou, Fujian, Republic of China
Residence Indonesia
Ethnicity Han Chinese[1]
Citizenship Indonesia
Net worth US$6 Billion
Eka Tjipta Widjaja
(Chinese Indonesian name)
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu Pinyin Huáng Yìcōng

Eka Tjipta Widjaja (Malay pronunciation: [ˈeka ˈtʃipta wiˈdʒaja]; traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Huáng Yìcōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ėk-chong;[1] born in Quanzhou, Fujian, China) is the founder of the Sinar Mas Group, which was one of the largest conglomerates during the Indonesian New Order period. His flagship bank, BII or Bank International Indonesia, bankrolled many of his other ventures that made him at one time the king of copra. The Sinar Mas Group also owns the Singaporean-listed Asian Pulp and Paper, a company that has been convicted of being involved in illegal logging in Cambodia,[2] Yunnan Province, China,[3] and the illegal felling of over 50 thousand acres (200 km²) of forest in Bukit Tigapuluh national park.[4] In June 2012, APP published its sustainability roadmap representing its zero deforestation commitments. [5]

Personal life[edit]

Eka Tjipta Widjaja was born Oei Ek Tjhong in Fujian (Fukien) Province, China. He has since retired from the limelight and handed his business over to his children, in particular Indra, Teguh and Franky and grandson Eric Oei Kang, who headed up the Hong Kong-listed construction company Creator Holdings. Hong Kong Creator Holdings is now one of Hong Kong's most well known and prominent companies, with many projects in Asia. Widjaja's second son, Singapore tycoon Oei Hong Leong, is one of Southeast Asia's richest men, ranked by Forbes Magazine as #37, with a net worth of US$355 million.