Tiong Hiew King
Tan Sri Sir Hiew-king Tiong
|Born||1935 (age 80–81)
Sibu, Kingdom of Sarawak
|Occupation||Executive chairman, Rimbunan Hijau|
|Net worth||US$1.06 billion (2015)|
Tan Sri Datuk Sir Hiew-king Tiong (simplified Chinese: 张晓卿; traditional Chinese: 張曉卿; pinyin: Zhāng Xiǎoqīng) is the Malaysian Chinese founder and chairman of the Rimbunan Hijau Group, a timber company founded in 1975. Its overseas timber operations in Papua New Guinea is the largest in that country. He also has interests in logging operations in Russia.
Tan Sri Datuk Tiong resides in Sibu, a town in Sarawak, of Borneo island that is part of Malaysia. With a net worth of about US$1.8 billion, Tiong is ranked by Forbes as the 840th richest person in the world.
Influence in media
Tiong's Rimbunan Hijau Group operates Sin Chew Jit Poh and Guang Ming Daily, two of the major Chinese national dailies in Malaysia. They also operate The National Daily in Papua New Guinea and Ming Pao Holdings Ltd in Hong Kong. He is forging a global Chinese publishing group with his Ming Pao Enterprises; Ming Pao newspaper is also available in San Francisco, New York, Vancouver and Toronto.
Influence in local politics
Back home in Sibu, Tiong and his family are members of the ruling Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), a major party of the ruling coalition government in Sarawak. Tiong's younger brother Tiong Thai King has been the Member of Parliament of the Lanang Parliamentary Constituency in Sibu from 1995 to 2013.