Hary Tanoesoedibjo

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Hary Tanoesoedibjo
Hary Tanoesoedibjo on Launching STARPRO New Office.jpg
Tanoesoedibjo in 2019.
Bambang Hary Iswanto Tanoesoedibjo

26 September 1965 (1965-09-26) (age 55)
Nationality Indonesia
Alma materCarleton University
University of Ottawa
Known forChairman of MNC Group
Net worthDecrease US$950 million (December 2020)[1]
Political partyNasdem (2011–13)
Hanura (2013–14)
Perindo (since 2015)
Spouse(s)Liliana Tanoesoedibjo
ChildrenAngela Tanoesoedibjo
Valencia Tanoesoedibjo
Jessica Herliani Tanoesoedibjo
Clarissa H Tanoesoedibjo
Warren H Tanoesoedibjo
Parent(s)Ahmad Tanoesoedibjo (Father)
Lilek Yohana (Mother)
RelativesHartono Tanoesoedibjo (Brother)

Bambang Hary Iswanto Tanoesoedibjo is an Indonesian businessman and politician. He is the President Director of PT MNC Investama Tbk, which he founded in 2009. As the founder of MNC Group, he oversees and develops the strategy of the holding company and its subsidiaries.

In the media sector, he has served as President Director of PT Global Mediacom Tbk since 2002, President Commissioner of PT MNC Sky Vision Tbk since 2006, and as President Director of RCTI since 2010, previously serving this last position between 2003 and 2008. In the non-media sector, he serves as President Commissioner of PT MNC Kapital Indonesia Tbk since 1999, President Commissioner of PT MNC Securities since 2004, Commissioner of PT Global Transport Services since 2010, President Director of PT MNC Land Tbk since April 2011, and President Director of PT MNC Energi since 2012.

In addition to his role as a speaker at national and international media events, he lectures in post-graduate programs at several universities in the fields of corporate finance, investment and management strategies.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tanoesoedibjo was born in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on 26 September 1965, the son of a local businessman. He is the youngest of three siblings. After finishing high school, he studied at Carleton University with his siblings and cousins in Canada. In 1988, he gained a bachelor's degree in Commerce, then an MBA completed in 1989 at the University of Ottawa. Tanoesoedibjo married Liliana Tanaja Tanoesoedibjo and they have five children.[3]

Business empire[edit]

Tanoesoedibjo founded PT. MNC Investama in Surabaya on 2 November 1989 and moved its headquarters to Jakarta in 1990.[citation needed] The company was initially named PT Bhakti Investments (later changed to PT Bhakti Investama Tbk) and focused primarily on capital-market activities. The Indonesian government, which was in the 1980s and early 1990s still pursuing a deregulation policy, provided a number of facilities to boost Indonesia's capital market.

The company relocated to Jakarta in February 1990. In 1994, it expanded to include securities trading and brokerage, investment management, underwriting, origination and syndication, financial advisory and research services, as well as mergers and acquisitions, followed by the launch of mutual fund products. The company listed its stock on the Jakarta Stock Exchange and the Surabaya Stock Exchange in a 1997 IPO.

PT Bhakti Investama Tbk restructured through several mergers and acquisitions. It diversified the products and services offered into media, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. The company changed its name to PT MNC Investama Tbk at a general meeting of shareholders on 2 May 2013 and the change was approved by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights on 23 August 2013. The stock code remained unchanged as BHIT.

In 2011, Tanoesoedibjo launched JKT48, an all-girl idol singing group, with Yasushi Akimoto in MNC Tower Headquarters.

He was listed by Forbes as the 29th richest Indonesian in 2016, with wealth of $1.15 billion.[4]


In August 2011, Tanoesoedibjo joined the Nasdem Party (Partai Nasional Demokrat), an Indonesian political party founded by Surya Paloh.[5] By late 2012, there were rumors of a leadership struggle between Tanoesoedibjo and Paolh. On 17 February 2013, Tanoesoedibjo quit the Nasdem Party due to his disappointment over Paloh's changes to the party's strategy. In mid-2013, Tanoesoedibjo joined the People's Conscience Party (Hati Nurani Rakyat, Hanura) led by former military commander Wiranto. Tanoesoedibjo said Hanura had a better vision and mission for Indonesia, whereas Nasdem had lost its idealism.[6] On 2 July 2013, the Hanura Party named Wiranto and Tanoesoedibjo as its candidates for the presidency and vice presidency for Indonesia's 2014 presidential election.[7] Hanura won only 2.86% of votes in Indonesia's 2014 general election, below the required threshold to field a presidential candidate. Hanura joined a coalition of parties backing Joko Widodo, who won the election. The decision to support Widodo prompted Tanoesoedibjo to quit from the party in May 2014, as he supported former general Prabowo Subianto for the presidency.[8]

In 2015, Tanoesoedibjo formed his own party called Partai Perindo (Indonesian Unity Party). As a business partner of US President Donald Trump, Tanoesoedibjo said he felt inspired by him and may try to run for president of Indonesia.[9]

Tanoesoedibjo and his wife attended the Inauguration of Donald Trump and met with members of the US president's family.[10] MNC's corporate secretary Arya Sinulingga earlier said that Tanoesoedibjo and his wife would have business meetings with Trump's two oldest sons. "He will meet his business partners ahead of the inauguration."[11]


In June 2017, Tanoesoedibjo was barred from leaving the country between 22 June and 12 July after allegedly sending a series of threatening text messages[12] to Yulianto, a deputy attorney general for special crimes, who is investigating a tax restitution to telecommunications firm Mobile-8 in 2009. Tanoesoedibjo was the commissioner of the company at the time.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Hary Tanoesoedibjo". Forbes.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Biography of Hary Tanoesoedibjo". 26 August 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Indonesia's 50 Richest". Forbes. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Hary joins Nasdem party". News.detik.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Hary's reasons for joining Hanura party". Tempo.co. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Hanura declaration of President candidate". Tribunnews.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Media battle begins after MNC boss joins Prabowo". The Jakarta Post. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  9. ^ Harvey, Adam (2 January 2017). "Donald Trump's Indonesian business partner Hary Tanoe 'may try to run for president'". ABC. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Donald Trump's Foreign Business Partners Got VIP Treatment During the Inauguration". Mother Jones. Mother Jones. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Trump's Indonesian business partner to attend inauguration". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Bribery, Corruption, Money Laundering: The Many Investigations Into Trump Business Partners". The Huffington Post.
  13. ^ "Tycoon Hary Tanoe Barred From Traveling Abroad". Jakarta Globe. 24 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Indonesia police question Trump partner over alleged threats". Fox News. 7 July 2017.