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Lim Goh Tong
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Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr.)
Lim Goh Tong

Statue of Lim Goh Tong at Chin Swee Caves Temple|
Born| 1918
Anxi County, Fujian, Republic of China|
Died| October 23, 2007 (aged 89)
Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia|
Occupation| Founder of Genting Highlands,Genting Group and Star Cruises| Net worth| U$4.2billion|
Spouse(s)| Lee Kim Hua|
Children| 6|
Tan Sri Dato Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong (Chinese: 林梧桐; pinyin: Lín Wútóng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Ngô͘-tông; 1918 – 23 October 2007) was a prominent wealthy Malaysian Chinese businessman. He was renowned for his vision and courage in transforming Genting Highlands from an unexplored hilltop into one of the world's most successful casino resorts. He was once the richest man in Malaysia, Asia with net worth US$4.2billion[1] Contents  [hide]  * 1 Early life * 2 Career and business * 2.1 Developing Genting Resort * 3 Personal life * 4 Achievement and awards * 5 Death * 5.1 Words of farewell * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links| -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Early life
Born in 1918 in Anxi, a mountainous county in southeastern Fujian province, China, Lim Goh Tong was the fifth child in his family. His father was Lim Shi Quan and his mother Goh Ban. He has an elder brother (Jing Ya), three elder sisters (Lim Zhuang, Lim Bau and Lim See), a younger sister (Lim Mei) and a younger brother (Jing Kun). Lim was born into a rustic environment in a village, during that time, China was in a period of turmoil and unrest after the 1911 revolution, but life was relatively sheltered for Lim in the village. He grew up peacefully and had the opportunity of studying in school. However, disaster struck and his father died when he was 16. Lim was forced to leave school and he and his elder brother had to take over the heavy burden of feeding his family.[2] As China's situation was becoming worse, Lim Goh Tong decided to take the plunge in venturing out to Malaysia (known as Malaya at that time) following his cousin, Lim Kheng Chong's footstep. He left China through Xiamen in early February 1937 at the age of 19. He worked for his uncle as a carpenter in the first two years, learning the Malay language in the meantime. After gaining experience he went on to become a building sub-contractor and completed his first job of building a two-storey school. He returned to Anxi in 1940, but went back to Malaya the next year amidst a deteriorating war environment.[2] -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Career and business
The Japanese invaded Malaya in 1942 and caused Lim to have a few near-death experiences. During the early Japanese Occupation, he earned a living as a vegetable farmer, but decided to switch to petty trading for a better living. Later on Lim ventured into scrap-metal and hardware trading. When the Japanese Occupation ended, there was an urgent demand for heavy machinery for resumed operations in mines and rubber plantations. Lim seized the opportunity and engaged in second-hand machinery trading, making his first fortune.[3] From used machinery trading, Lim strayed into iron mining, joining as a partner in an iron mining company which couldn't settle the outstanding payment of two bulldozers with him. This proved to be a successful venture, and he later went on to form a joint-venture company which was one of the first Chinese tin companies to utilize dredges.[4] While dealing in heavy machinery, Lim accumulated a wide range of reconditioned machines as well as...

References: 1. ^ Net worth from Forbes: The World 's Richest People, dated March 6, 2007. He died on 23rd of October 2007.
16. ^ http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/10/23/nation/20071023130341&sec=nation Genting Founder Dies, the Star Online, Tuesday, October 23, 2007, MYT 1:07:19 PM
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