Francis Yeoh

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Francis Yeoh is a prominent business personality in Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, CBE (Chinese: 楊肅斌; pinyin: Yáng Sùbīn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Iûⁿ Siok-pin, born 23 August 1954) is a prominent business personality in Malaysia, and the eldest son of Malaysian billionaire Tan Sri Dato' Seri Yeoh Tiong Lay. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Civil Engineering from Kingston Polytechnic (now known as Kingston University), United Kingdom in 1978.

Francis had his secondary school education at Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he was School Captain. He became the Managing Director of YTL Corporation in 1988. Under his stewardship, the YTL Group grew from a single listed entity in 1985 to a force comprising five listed companies, and is now one of the biggest conglomerates in Malaysia.[1] Francis is a devout Christian and has often attributed his success in business to the Lord Jesus Christ.[2]

On 16 January 2003, he was awarded the First Malaysian Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002 in recognition of his entrepreneurial acumen.

On 13 February 2004, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from his alma mater, Kingston University.

He was awarded BusinessWeek's "25 Stars of Asia 2003" on 6 November 2003 in Hong Kong; and was ranked 21 by Fortune Magazine Asia's 25 Most Powerful Business Personalities on 9 August 2004.

Francis married Rosaline Yeoh in 1982, and they have five children. His siblings reside in Malaysia and are fellow directors of YTL Corporation.

In 2006, he was conferred Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his philanthropic endeavours.

On 9 July 2014 he received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham, England.


  1. ^ Francis Yeoh: “Entrepreneurship in Malaysia”, in: Frank-Jürgen Richter and Thang D. Nguyen (eds) The Malaysian Journey, Marshall Cavendish 2004
  2. ^ Interview with GoodTV - 打造神國企業 - 楊肅斌, Video on YouTube

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