|Deputy Governor of Jakarta|
16 October 2017 – 10 August 2018
|Preceded by||Djarot Saiful Hidayat|
Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno|
28 June 1969
Rumbai, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia
Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (born 28 June 1969) is an Indonesian businessman, investor and politician who was the deputy governor of Jakarta. He was elected as deputy governor along with Anies Baswedan, chosen as governor, in 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election after defeating incumbent pair Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (widely known as "Ahok") and Djarot Saiful Hidayat. He volunteered as Prabowo Subianto's running mate in the 2019 Indonesian presidential election.
A graduate of George Washington University, Sandiaga worked for several companies and rose in rank before founding his own business, which led him to become one of the richest people in Indonesia. In 2015, however, he resigned from his companies to join Gerindra, gaining a slot in the party's candidacy for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Sandi Uno graduated from Wichita State University in 1990 and from George Washington University with an MBA in 1992, paid by William Soerjadjaja, because his mother personally knew the Astra International group founder.[better source needed] He began his career with Summa Bank in 1990. In 1994, he joined MP Group Holding Limited as an investment manager. The following year, he began working for NTI Resources Ltd in Canada and worked as an Executive Vice President in the company. The 1997 financial crisis hit NTI Resources Ltd hard and caused it to go into administration, leaving him unemployed.
In 1997, he co-founded PT. Recapital Advisors with his high school friend, Rosan Perkasa Roeslani. the following year, he co-founded Saratoga Capital with Edwin Soeryadjaya, son of William Soerjadjaja. Both businesses continue to flourish today. Listed as 29th richest man in Indonesia according to Forbes magazine in 2009, he continued to grow his businesses, buying a controlling (51%) stake in Mandala Airlines in May 2011. He was listed as 47th richest man in Indonesia according to Forbes in 2013.
He decided to leave the business world, entering politics in mid-2015. In the period from April to July 2015, he officially resigned from various positions in 16 subsidiaries of Saratoga and Recapital. Joining the Gerindra party as vice chairman of the board of supervisors, he was catapulted to the second highest office after Prabowo. His name began to be considered by Gerindra to be nominated in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Late in 2015, several volunteer community support groups began to emerge, including "Sahabat Sandiaga Uno" (Friends of Sandiaga Uno or SSU). He began making visits to various locations within Jakarta. In early 2016, Sandiaga Uno, with assistance of his supporters, began to intensify visits to various locations in Jakarta. Performing visits to up to 7 different locations a day, for the 6-month period from February to August 2016. The rumour of his candidacy intensified, as news leaked of the desire of 7 political parties to form a grand coalition in August 2016.
This desire was not realised following the withdrawal the ruling PDI-P party, which threw its weight behind incumbent governor Ahok, along with Golkar, Hanura and Nasdem. The Democratic Party, PAN, PKB and PPP then announced it planned to nominate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) for the position.
The remaining parties, Gerindra and PKS, agreed to remain in the coalition, selecting former Education Minister Anies Baswedan as their candidate, and Sandiaga Uno as his running mate. Sandi said, he had suggested Baswedan to Prabowo because he felt that Baswedan would be more suitable for the position.
Following victory in the election, which an editorial described as the most polarizing and most divisive the nation has ever seen in Indonesian political history," and the incarceration of Ahok, he was made deputy governor on 16 October 2017.
In 2018, he was accused of paying opposition parties PAN and PKS Rp 500 billion (USD 35 million) each to approve him as Prabowo Subianto's vice presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election. Regardless, he resigned from his deputy governor post to participate in the election on 10 August 2018.
In November 2017 an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism cited his name in the list of politicians named in "Paradise Papers" allegations. He was claimed to have own an offshore company named NTI resources, as well as several shell companies in British Virgin Islands. Regarding this, the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, vowed to study the legitimacy of the paper, and will take an appropriate measure if there was any wrongdoing conducted.
Even before his appointment to the deputy governor post, Sandiaga proceeded to execute plans mentioned during his campaigning. In early October, an entrepreneurship program dubbed OK OCE (One Kecamatan, One Center for Entrepreneurship), which he had called for during the election, was initiated with his elder brother Indra initially acting as president, although the following day he was replaced due to nepotism concerns.
There were multiple reports in Indonesia that Sandiaga Uno was appointed as a distinguished research professor in residence at George Washington University.
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