Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay is perhaps the media’s poster boy in recent years. This is because he is the second son of casino magnate the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and his wife Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua who is currently the richest woman in Malaysia. Tan Sri Lim is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Berhad, which is the holding company of Genting Group known for its gaming and entertainment businesses. Apart from that, Genting Group is also involved in various other businesses that include oil palm, hospitality, oil and gas, property development and many others.
Tan Sri Lim is the co-founder of Genting Hong Kong Limited which was previously operating under the company Star Cruises Limited. It operates and manages a combined fleet of 18 ships that visits more than 200 destinations around the world with Norwegian Cruise Line which today is the third largest cruise operator in the world. Tan Sri Lim has a Bachelor in Civil Engineering through the University of London while he also attended the Advanced Management Programme of Harvard Business School in the United States.
His rise to prominence started when he was appointed to the board of Genting Berhad where he worked together with his late father and from being a single entity then it has grown to 5 listed entities in Bursa Malaysia. Apart from that, Genting is also listed in the Singapore and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges respectively. After his late father retired in 2003, he took over as Chairman and Chief Executive of the group and has since been working relentlessly to expand the group into becoming one of the major entertainment and tourism companies in the world. Under Tan Sri Lim, Genting has established major brands globally while it also runs the largest casino in the US at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.