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Martua Sitorus, February 2000
Pematang Siantar, Sumatera Utara
|Occupation||Co-Founder, Non Executive Director (since April 2017) of Wilmar International|
|Known for||Indonesia's 15th wealthiest people (Dec 2018), 1650th world (Dec 2018)|
|Net worth||US$ 1.7 Billion (12 December 2018)|
|Spouse(s)||Rosa Taniasuri Ong|
Martua Sitorus (born 1960), also known as Thio Seng Hap (吴笙福), initially 吴声福 is a Chinese Indonesian businessman. He was once known as the fourth richest person in Indonesia (and #377 in the world), but had decreased to fifteenth by December 2018, according to Forbes. He and his partner, Kuok Khoon Hong founded Wilmar International, the largest palm oil producer in the world.
Wilmar's business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar milling and refining, specialty fats, oleochemicals, biodiesel and fertilizers manufacturing and grains processing. It has over 300 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network covering China, India, Indonesia, United States and some 50 other countries.
Martua was born in Pematang Siantar, a town located in North Sumatra, Indonesia. After finishing high school, he continued to the University of HKBP Nomensen, Medan which was the largest city in North Sumatera to finish his economic degrees. During his teenager, Martua traded fish, when grown up he started his business as a palm oil and mesocarp trader.
Martua along with Kuok Khoon Hong, the nephew of Malaysia's richest tycoon Robert Kuok, founded Wilmar International Limited and by 1991 he owned 7.100 hectare of palm tree plantations, and also build his own palm oil refinery in North Sumatra. The Wilmar International business has grown rapidly; by 2013 Wilmar owns more than 50 other companies with 300 manufacturing plants around the world. Martua also owns London skycraper Aviva Tower and a hospital in Medan, Murni Teguh Memorial Hospital, which is named after Martua's mother, Murni Teguh. The hospital was launched on 12 December 2012 (12/12/2012).
Apart from Wilmar, Martua and his elder brother Ganda Thio co-founded Gama Corporation in 2011, which run property, cement plant and others variety business through subsidiary Gama Land and Semen Merah Putih. Gama itself refer to its founder name Ganda & Martua (Ga-ma). Gama Corp owns 64 floor Gama Tower which is located at Rasuna Said - Jakarta, Indonesia. Gama Tower also known as the tallest building in Indonesia.
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