Chairul Tanjung

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Chairul Tanjung
KIBII Chairul Tanjung.jpg
Coordinating Minister for Economics
In office
19 May 2014 – 27 October 2014
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded byHatta Rajasa
Succeeded bySofyan Djalil
Personal details
Born (1962-06-16) June 16, 1962 (age 56)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Spouse(s)Anita Ratnasari Tanjung
ChildrenPutri Indahsari
Rahmat Dwiputra
Alma materUniversity of Indonesia

Chairul Tanjung (born 16 June 1962) is an Indonesian businessman. He is the former Coordinating Minister for Economics in the Indonesian cabinet. He was appointed to this post by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 19 May 2014 following the resignation of the previous Coordinating Minister for Economics, Hatta Rajasa, who resigned to take part in Indonesia's 2014 presidential election.[1] In January 2015, he had an estimated net worth of $4.3 billion.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chairul Tanjung was born in Jakarta. His parents was A.G. Tanjung and Halimah. He was born in a very rich family because his father is a reporter and established a magazine company. In new order era, his father's business got shut down by the government for helping the old order era. His family economy turns 180 degrees where their big house and cars were sold to cover debt and for a living, they must live in a tiny apartment. His parents wanted their children to be successful so they worked in a company. Chairul finished the Boedi Oetomo senior high school in 1981. He obtained a bachelor's degree at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Indonesia. He became the national noble student in 1984 and 1985. While studying, he and his two friends started a shop that sold books and T-shirts then they rapidly became a big shop selling doctors and laboratories equipment. He must spare his time for studying and business but he chooses business, so he drops-out from the dentistry school and established PT CT Corp with 150 million rupiah for assets borrowed from Exim Bank. They produced shoes for kids and got an order making 160 pairs of shoes to Italy, but a month after the order, he separated from his two friends because he has a different thinking about business. He later became the chairman and founder of CT Corp (Indonesia), along with the late founder of Sony, Akio Morita.


He worked with Hasbi Hafani to establish the business. He bought Bank Karman and changed its name to Bank Mega. He expanded his business interests into insurance and securities. Chairul is now involved in the television business; he founded Trans TV and acquired TV 7 from the Kompas-Gramedia Group. Chairul owns property projects such as Bandung Super Mall, Batam Indah Prospertindo, Para Bali Propertindo, and Mega Indah Propertindo. In 2012, he bought a minority share of Garuda Indonesia. His holding company is CT Corp., formerly Para Group, with 3 subholdings:[3]

  • Mega Corp., a financial business subholding
  • Trans Corp., a media, life style, department store, consumer goods, hotel and entertaintment subholding
  • CT Global Resource, an agribusiness and energy subholding

Other activities[edit]

Currently, Chairul is head of Persatuan Bulu Tangkis Seluruh Indonesia (PBSI).


A biography of Chairul Tanjung has been launched with the title Chairul Tanjung Si Anak Singkong ("Chairul Tanjung the Cassava Child," "cassava" meaning "socially inferior").[3]


  1. ^ (in Indonesian) Tunjuk Chairul Tanjung Jadi Menko Perekonomian
  2. ^ "Chairul Tanjung". Forbes. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "July 2, 2012 - Chairul Tanjung Si Anak Singkong".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Entrepreneur[disambiguation needed]
Coordinating Minister for Economcs
19 May 2014–27 October 2014
Succeeded by
Halimah[disambiguation needed]