Aik Htun

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Aik Htun
Born (1948-10-21) 21 October 1948 (age 75)
Mongkai, Shan State, Burma
Other namesPatrick Linn
Aik Htun, Aik Htun
Aik Tun
Occupation(s)Managing Director and Chairman of Shwe Taung Development Co. Ltd, Vice Chairman of Asia Wealth Bank
ChildrenSandar Htun
Mi Mi Khaing
Aung Zaw Naing

Aik Htun (Burmese: အိုက်ထွန်း pronounced [aiʔ tʰʊ́ɰ̃]; Chinese: 李松枝[1]; pinyin: Lǐ Sōngzhī; variously spelt Eik Tun, Eike Htun, and Aik Tun) is a Burmese businessman who is the managing director and vice chairman of the sister company of Olympic Construction Company, the Asia Wealth Bank,[2][3] which was Burma's largest private bank until the banking crisis of 2003.[4]

Aik Htun was born on 10 October 1948 in Mongkai in the Southern Shan States, Burma, the eldest of six children.[3] He moved to Rangoon in 1970 and secured a job as a driver working for Nyunt Tin, a green tea wholesaler and operating the Shan Brothers tea shop.[3] In 1972, he bought a biscuit shop on 16th Street and had expanded into the border business by 1984.[3] Aik Htun established Olympic Company in 1991 with 3 other investors.[3] The company now has interests in automobiles, marine products, timber, real estate, property development and finance.[3]

Aik Htun also runs one of the country's largest construction businesses, the Olympic Construction Company, established in 1990 and primarily focuses on residential and hotel development in Yangon.[5][6] He and his immediate family members are subject to European Union sanctions, from benefiting from close ties to the previous junta, the State Peace and Development Council.[7] Olympic Construction company is renamed as Shwe Taung Group in 2004 after the money laundering accusation and drug links by the US department of Treasury against the affiliate Asia Wealth Bank. As of 2013 from now on, Aik Htun remain as the chairman of business group Shwe Taung group of companies that also include Shwe Taung construction[8]

The US Secretary of Treasury also designated Asia Wealth Bank as financial institutions of primary money laundering concern[9] and the department report notes that the Asia Wealth bank have been linked to narcotics trafficking organizations in Southeast Asia.[10] This findings by the US treasury is only rescinded the against the bank as the results of the revocation of the bank licenses by the government of Myanmar, not because of remedial actions by the bank.[11]

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  1. ^ Suryadinata, Leo (2012). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent. Vol. 1. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 3–5. ISBN 9789814345217.
  2. ^ "Burmese Tycoons Part I". Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "U AIK HTUN". AFG Venture Group. 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  4. ^ Turnell, Sean (December 2003). "Myanmar's Banking Crisis". ASEAN Economic Bulletin. 20 (3): 272–282. doi:10.1355/AE20-3F. JSTOR 25773787. S2CID 154331268.
  5. ^ "Burmese Tycoons Part I". The Irrawaddy. 1 June 2000. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  6. ^ Eike Htun (September 2005). "Tycoon Turf". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ "CONSOLIDATED LIST OF FINANCIAL SANCTIONS TARGETS IN THE UK". Her Majesty's Treasury. UK Government. 20 April 2011. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Management Team". Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Money Laundering in Burma". Archived from the original on 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)