Exemplars

Swee Kee: The Rise and Fall of The Chicken Rice Empire

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In Singapore, chicken rice is not just a dish. The muse for local film productions, like the ‘Chicken Rice War’, this simple but scrumptious dish holds a special place in the hearts of Singaporeans. Moh Lee Twee started as a street vendor selling chicken and rice out of bamboo tubes. His chicken rice was a […]

The Yeo Family: Yeo-nited No More

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Whether is it slurping a packet of soya bean drink or gulping down a can of iced grass jelly in the sweltering Singapore weather, Yeo’s drinks have been a part of every Singaporean’s life. A brand synonymous with canned drinks and food, Yeo’s was second only to Fraser & Neave (F&N) when it came to […]

Interview with Ms Deirdre Goh – The Successful Integration of Family Values and Business

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Persis Hoo (Business Development Director) caught up with Ms Deirdre Goh, a power woman that is successful both on the work front and at home, to find out her secrets to successfully integrating family values passed down from her grandfather with her family’s real estate business. PH: Tell us more about your journey from starting […]

The Legacy of Alfred Nobel

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Every year, the Nobel Prize is awarded “to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Extracted from the will of Alfred Nobel himself dated 27 November 1895, this document has resulted in 609 Nobel Prizes awarded to 975 people and organisations from 1901 to 2021. A Swedish chemist, […]

The Walt Disney Family and their ‘Happily-Never-After’

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There is a Chinese saying that “wealth does not last beyond three generations.” The Walt Disney family exemplifies this. Walt Disney has been a household name since 1923. The brain and soul behind Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins, Walt was a successful animator and entrepreneur. When he expanded into the amusement park industry by building […]

Interview with Georgie Lee – Insights from a Christian Business and Family Enthusiast

Georgie Lee is the current National President of Gatekeepers Singapore. He had an illustrious career for the past 50 years in journalism, stockbroking and investment banking. Not only has he attained success in the various sectors he has worked in, he is also passionate about mentoring and passing on his wisdoms to the next generation […]

Interview with Steve Tan – Family and Business Exemplar

Persis Hoo (heritance’s Business Development Director) chatted with Steve Tan (not his real name) to learn about his views towards passing down of values in his business and family. A former medical doctor turned Chairman and CEO of a public listed company, Steve has been in the business for more than 30 years. PH: Tell […]

5 Lessons Learnt from Tan Kim Seng’s Will

People often mistake family trusts to be a relatively new concept in Asia and Singapore. After all, family trusts were first popularized by Western private banks with a dramatic rise of family offices in recent years. I was captivated by a social media post by the Citizen Archivist project organized by the National Archival Board […]

The Legacy of Tan Kah Kee

Singapore has much to be grateful to the ‘Henry Ford of Malaysia’. Born in Jimei village in Fujian Province, China in 1874, Tan Kah Kee travelled to Singapore at the age of 16 to join his father in the family’s rice trading business. A hard and talented worker, Tan Kah Kee took over the business at the age of 18.

The Prime Story

To date, the Tans run the Prime Supermarket chain of 25 stores. Outside of Singapore, Prime Group International is a family business that consists of a modern pig farm, five Sun Island golf-cum-holiday resorts and two international schools in China.