Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh amongst the Global top 50 Family Business Leaders 2013 by CampbenFB

CampdenFB, February 21, 2013

Now in its third year, CampdenFB’s Top 50 Family Business Leaders, with the support of Ernst & Young, represents the most authoritative list of the world’s greatest leaders of family-controlled firms. Judged by a team of professors from leading business schools and CampdenFB editorial staff, the list this year gives specific reasons why they have been included. The four factors used to evaluate the business leaders were: growth of the business; succession planning; corporate governance; and entrepreneurship. Many of those included showed achievement in all four of these categories, but might have particularly excelled in one or two.

This year we have also introduced a new category – “the ones to watch”. These are individuals that have already shown exceptional talent, possibly in another career, but have only recently risen to the top of their family business, and are now in a position to make a difference.


Age: 58
Role: Managing director
Company: YTL Corporation
Country: Malaysia
Revenues: €5 billion (2012*)

Francis Yeoh joined his father’s construction firm in 1978 and took the helm in 1988. Yeoh’s shrewdness in buying bargains and keeping plenty of cash in the business to make acquisitions is legendary. He has made infrastructure conglomerate YTL one of Malaysia’s largest companies, with revenue growth of more than 125% between 2009 and 2011.



Age: 62
Role: Chairman and CEO
Company: Genting Group
Country: Malaysua
Revenues: €4.9 billion (2011)

Lim Kok Thay is the man behind Genting Group’s staggering growth – revenues more than doubled between 2009 and 2011. The group is expanding in Asia and Australia.


Source: http://www.campdenfb.com/article/top-50-family-business-leaders-2013