Lim Kok Thay

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Lim Kok Thay
Born 1951 (age 65–66)
Nationality Malaysian
Alma mater University of London
Occupation Businessman
Net worth IncreaseUS$4.67 billion (May 2017)
Title Chairman and CEO, Genting Group
Spouse(s) Cecilia Lim
Children 3
Parent(s) Lim Goh Tong, Lee Kim Fa
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 林國泰
Simplified Chinese 林国泰
Hanyu Pinyin Lín Guótài
Hokkien POJ Lîm Kok-Thài

Tan Sri Dato' Lim Kok Thay (林國泰; born 1951) is a Malaysian businessman. He is the second son of Lim Goh Tong, the founder of the Genting Group[1] and Puan Lee Kim Fa. With a net worth of $4.67 billion, he was once the richest person in Malaysia.


Lim is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Genting Berhad, the holding company of the Genting Group, a conglomerate which is involved in leisure & hospitality, power generation, oil palm plantations, property development, biotechnology, and oil & gas business activities.[2][3][4][5]

He is the co-founder of Genting Hong Kong Limited, formerly known as Star Cruises Limited. Star Cruises, together with Norwegian Cruise Line is the third largest cruise operator in the world, with a combined fleet of 18 ships providing about 35,000 lower berths.[6]

He has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from University of London. He attended the advanced management programme of Harvard Business School, Harvard University, US in 1979.[2]

In 1976, he was appointed a director of Genting Berhad.[3] The Genting Group grew from a single listed entity in 1971 to five listed entities (comprising Genting Berhad),[7] Genting Malaysia Berhad[8] and Genting Plantations Berhad[9] which are listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia; Genting Singapore Plc[10] which is listed on the main board of Singapore Exchange and Genting Hong Kong[11] which is listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

He was appointed the chairman and CEO of Genting Berhad and Genting Malaysia Berhad when the late Lim Goh Tong retired in December 2003.[12] Kok Thay has since expanded Genting's presence globally, especially in the leisure tourism and entertainment industry.

Under his guidance, the Genting Group has developed leisure brands such as "Resorts World", "Maxims", "Crockfords" and "Awana", as well as established partnerships with Universal Studios, Hard Rock Hotel, Premium Outlets, Synthetic Genomics and others.[13][14]

In 1990, he assisted the Mashantucket Pequots, a Native American tribe to establish Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Connecticut, With 340,000 square feet of floor space, it is the largest casino in the US.[15][16]

He guided the expansion works of the Group's first integrated resort, Resorts World Genting, formerly known as Genting Highlands Resort. It has been voted by World Travel Awards as the "World's Leading Casino Resort" in years 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and voted "Asia's Leading Casino Resort" from 2005 to 2010.[17]

In 2005, he expanded Group's presence to the UK. Genting UK Plc is the largest casino operator in the UK with 43 casinos.[18]

In 2006, Lim led his team to win the bid to build and operate Singapore's first integrated resort on Sentosa Island, called Resorts World Sentosa.[19] The resort was progressively opened from January 2010[20] and has become a prominent tourist destination in the country.[21] The resort features Southeast Asia's first Universal Studios Singapore, six themed hotels, Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium[22] and many more attractions.[23]

Today, under Lim's guidance, the Genting Group has integrated resort properties in three Asian countries, namely Resorts World Genting in Malaysia, Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and Resorts World Manila in the Philippines, attracting millions of visitors. The Group has one leisure project in the US, namely Resorts World New York and two in development: Resorts World Las Vegas and Resorts World Miami, and a resort property in Bimini, Resorts World Bimini (about 30 min east of Miami).

Lim was appointed a visiting professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of Imperial College, London in October 2009.[24] He was appointed an honorary professor of Xiamen University, China in December 2007.[25]


Lim is married to Puan Sri Cecilia Lim.[26][2][27]


In 2002, he was bestowed the national award of "Tan Sri" by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, for his contributions to Malaysia.[2]

In 2009, Lim was named "Travel Entrepreneur of the Year" by Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia[28] and "The Most Influential Person in Asian Gaming" by Inside Asian Gaming, for his contributions to the leisure and travel industry.[29]

See also[edit]


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  16. ^ My Story – Lim Goh Tong, chapter 13: Moving On. Pelanduk Publications Sdn Bhd. 2004. 
  17. ^ "World's Leading Casino Resort 2009 – Resorts World Genting". World Travel Awards. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Company Profile: Genting UK Plc". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Genting Group wins Singapore Sentosa integrated resort project, 11 December 2006". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "Singapore's first casino at Resorts World Sentosa opens its doors". channelnewsasia. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Resorts World Sentosa is Asia's ultimate destination, offering a whole new world of truly rewarding experiences". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Resorts World Sentosa Unveils the Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium". eTravel Blackboard. 20 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Southeast Asia's first Universal Studios opens in Singapore". channelnewsasia. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Minutes of the Proceedings of the Thirteenth Meeting of the Council of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine:Visiting Professors" (PDF). Imperial College. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Star Cruises Chairman Appointed As Hon Professor of Xiamen University". Bernama news. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  26. ^ sharanpal singh randhawa (1 March 2015). "50 charitable homes get RM1mil from Genting Group - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  27. ^ My Story – Lim Goh Tong, preface: Family Tree. Pelanduk Publications Sdn Bhd. 2004. 
  28. ^ "Genting CEO gets award". The Star. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  29. ^ "Lim Kok Thay named Travel Entrepreneur of the Year and The most influential person in Asian Gaming". Philstar. Retrieved 10 October 2009.