Syed Mokhtar Albukhary

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Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
Born 1951
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysian
Occupation Founder, Albukhary Group of Companies, Albukhary Foundation
Known for Business, Philanthropy
Spouse(s) Sharifah Zarah Albukhary

Syed Mokhtar Albukhary . is a Malaysian businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Albukhary Foundation, an international non-profit charity organization that focuses on social development. His business interests are diversified.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Syed Mokhtar Albukhary was born on the 12th of December 1951, the third child of Syed Nor and Sharifah Rokiah in Kampung Hutan Keriang, Alor Setar Kedah. His family traces its roots to Central Asia.[2]

In 1961, Syed Mokhtar moved to Johor Bahru where he spent the next 6 years before returning to Alor Setar where he attended St. Michaels Institution. While still schooling, he got involved in his father’s cattle business to help him. This would mark Syed Mokhtar’s first involvement in business.[2]

Not long after, an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease collapsed his father’s cattle business. This led to Syed Mokhtar having to abandon his studies a few months short of completing his Secondary 5 as his family could not afford to pay for his examination fees.[2]

With money saved from his involvement in his father’s cattle business, Syed Mokhtar began venturing into business on his own.[2]


Today, the Albukhary Group of Companies is a diversified Business Group consisting of DRB-Hicom, MMC and Tradewinds.[1][2]


In his biography, Syed Mokhtar stated that his philanthropic work began in earnest in 1976 when he pledged half of his salary to 15 under privileged families and the other half to his mother and siblings. 20 years later In 1996, he founded the Albukhary Foundation and remains to be its primary benefactor.[2]

The Albukhary Foundation

The Albukhary Foundation is an international non-profit charitable organization headquartered in Malaysia which was founded on the Islamic values of faith (Taqwa) and compassion (Ehsan). Although founded on Islamic values, the foundation does not discriminate on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnic origin and religion.[3]

Albukhary International University (AiU)

The Albukhary International University was founded in 2010 and is located within the Sharifah Rokiah Centre of Excellence. The University is housed within a purpose built campus and is spread over 30 hectares in Alor Setar.[3]

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

The museum was founded in 1998 and is located within Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens. It houses more than ten thousand artefacts from across the Muslim world, as well as a library of Islamic art books. The museum has a total of 12 Galleries.[4]

The museum has won a number of domestic and international awards and is one of the most visited museums in Malaysia.[5][6]

Albukhary Scholarship Program

Albukhary Scholarship program supports economically disadvantaged students worldwide. To date, over 1,000 scholars from more than 50 countries have successfully completed their studies at top Malaysian private and public universities.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Premilla,, Mohanlall,. Syed Mokhtar Albukhary : a biography. PrinAd Sdn Bhd. Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. ISBN 9789674158064. OCLC 825941389. 
  3. ^ a b c "Home — Albukhary International University". Albukhary International University. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  4. ^ "IAMM | Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia". Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur Attractions". Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur): Top Tips Before You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor". Retrieved 2017-08-24.