Teh Hong Piow

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Teh Hong Piow

Teh Hong Piow - Chia & Teh (cropped).jpg
Born (1930-03-14) 14 March 1930 (age 92)
TitleFounder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser of Public Bank
SpousePuan Sri Tay Sock Noy

Teh Hong Piow (simplified Chinese: 郑鸿标; traditional Chinese: 鄭鴻標; pinyin: Zhèng Hóng Biāo) is the Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser of Public Bank Berhad in Malaysia. Teh is one of three individuals in Malaysia who are permitted to hold a stake of more than 10% in a domestic financial institution.[1]


Hong Piow was born in Singapore on 14 March 1930. He attended his formal primary and secondary education at the Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore. He has been married to Puan Sri Tay Sock Noy since 1956 and they have four children - three daughters and one son.[2]


He began his banking career in 1950 as a Bank Clerk in Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd and rose in rank to officer within five years. He joined Malayan Banking Berhad as Manager in 1960. Later in 1964, he was promoted to the position of General Manager at the young age of 34,[3] then Founded Public Bank Berhad in 1965 and commencement of business operation in 1966.[4] He has since overseen its evolution into a modern and integrated financial institution with a wide network of 259 domestic and two overseas branches.[5]

One of Malaysia's wealthiest businessmen, Piow obtained three degrees at the unaccredited Pacific Western University and two PhDs at Clayton University (also unaccredited) and University Malaya.[6] His net worth is estimated by Forbes to be US$4.7 billion, making him the 223rd richest person in the world and the 5th richest in Malaysia.[7]

Tan Sri Teh is currently the Chairman of Public Bank Group. He also holds leading positions in various organisations such as Public Foundation, Malaysia and LPI Capital Berhad, Malaysia (Group).[8] On 1 January 2019, he had retired as a chairman but would continue to stay on as adviser to provide guidance and support the continued growth of Public Bank and the Public Bank group. Teh, who is also the non-executive chairman of the units – Public Islamic Bank Bhd (PIBB) and Public Investment Bank Bhd (PIVB) has retire as chairman on Jan 1, 2018. However, he will stay on as non-executive director.[9]

Teh has been awarded around 45 awards during his career, including the award for ‘Greatest Malaysian Banker of All Time’ by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.[10]


Honours of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "6,000 gather to thank Teh Hong Piow for piloting Public Bank to success". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  2. ^ "Public Bank Group".
  3. ^ "Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser's Biodata at Official Public Bank's website".
  4. ^ "Stocks".
  5. ^ "Teh Hong Piow to retire as Public Bank chairman in 2019".
  6. ^ Sze, Joanna. (June 16, 2002). New Straits Times Evergreen banker. Page 56.
  7. ^ Teh Hong Piow - Forbes.com
  8. ^ "Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser's Biodata at Public Bank's official website".
  9. ^ "Teh Hong Piow to retire as Public Bank chairman in 2019".
  10. ^ "Public Bank's Teh declared 'The Greatest Malaysian Banker Of All Time'". 13 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1983" (PDF).
  12. ^ a b "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Bintang Pahang untok Sultan Johor". Berita Harian. 30 May 1967. p. 2.