Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
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|Syed Mokhtar Albukhary|
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
|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.
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.
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.
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.
With money saved from his involvement in his father’s cattle business, Syed Mokhtar began venturing into business on his own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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