Eka Tjipta Widjaja
|Eka Tjipta Widjaja
|Born||3 October 1922 (age 92)
Quanzhou, Fujian, Republic of China
|Net worth||US$6 Billion|
|Eka Tjipta Widjaja
(Chinese Indonesian name)
|Hanyu Pinyin||Huáng Yìcōng|
Eka Tjipta Widjaja (Malay pronunciation: [ˈeka ˈtʃipta wiˈdʒaja]; traditional Chinese: 黃亦聰; simplified Chinese: 黄亦聪; pinyin: Huáng Yìcōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ėk-chong; 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.
Eka Tjipta Widjaja was born Oei Ek Tjhong in Fujian (Fukien) Province, China to Oei Tiong Ham, one of the wealthiest Indonesian Chinese businessmen, and Ong Mie Hoa Nio.
Mr. Widjaja received his honorary Doctorate degree in Economic from Pittsburgh State University.
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.
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, Yunnan Province, China, and the illegal felling of over 50 thousand acres (200 km²) of forest in Bukit Tigapuluh national park.
In June 2012, APP published its sustainability roadmap representing its zero deforestation commitments.
Widjaja was reportedly married to seven wives and had over 30 children.
Sukmawati Widjaja/Oei Siu Hua
Eric Oei Kang
- "Eka Tjipta Widjaja". Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- A forest falls in Cambodia, Keith Andrew Bettinger, Asia Times Online Jan. 23, 2013
- Forestry authorities charges Singaporean paper giant with illegal logging People's Daily Online 08:26, March 31, 2005. Source: Singapore paper giant charged with illegal logging in Yunnan chinaview.cn 2005-03-30 20:54:19
- Staples Ends Contracts With Asia Pulp on Environment (Update1) Heather Burke - Bloomberg L.P. February 7, 2008 21:52 EST
- "From plantation to mill: Asian paper company’s ‘unprecedented’ sustainability commitment". Packaging World. 23 March 2014.