Tan Sri (Sir) Francis Yeoh's Biodata
TAN SRI DATO' (SIR) FRANCIS YEOH SOCK PING
PSM, KBE, FICE
Tan Sri (Sir) Francis Yeoh is Executive Chairman of the YTL Group of Companies. He took over the running of his family company in 1988 and grew it into a multi-disciplinary conglomerate comprising of five listed entities. YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Hospitality REIT, Malayan Cement Berhad and Starhill Global REIT have a combined market capitalisation of approximately RM20.6 billion (USD4.7 billion) and total assets of RM72.7 billion (USD16.5 billion). The YTL Corporation Group has paid out a total of RM28 billion (USD6.4 billion) in dividends since its listing in 1986. The Group owns and manages regulated utilities, real estate and infrastructure assets. The YTL Group is also in a consortium that was awarded one of five digital banking licences in Malaysia by the Malaysian Central Bank in April 2022.
Besides managing YTL Group's core listed entities, Tan Sri (Sir) Francis is Executive Chairman of YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited, the manager for Starhill Global REIT. He is Chairman of YTL PowerSeraya Private Limited, which accounts for a 20% share of the Singapore Electricity market. He is Chairman of Wessex Water Services Limited which has been consistently recognised as one of the best water and sewerage companies in England and Wales by the water industry regulator, Ofwat. He is also Executive Chairman of Malayan Cement Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malaysia Berhad) following its takeover by YTL Cement Berhad.
Tan Sri (Sir) Francis served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited for a period of 10 years from July 2012 to June 2022.
Ranked as one of "Asia's 25 Most Powerful and Influential Business Personalities" by Fortune and Business Week, Tan Sri Francis firmly advocates responsible stewardship in business. He serves on YTL Foundation's Board of Trustees, actively supporting education initiatives throughout Malaysia. In 2016, he was conferred the prestigious Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award in Arizona for his philanthropic efforts.
An ardent advocate of ethical corporate governance, he is a Founding Member of the Malaysian Business Council and Capital Markets Advisory Council, a Global Council member of the Asia Society and former Member of the Barclays Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee. He chaired the judging panel of the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 in Monte Carlo, having been Ernst and Young Malaysian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.
Tan Sri (Sir) Francis is the first non-Italian Board Member of the historic Rome Opera House and helped fund its restoration to keep it from closing. He champions arts enterprises like the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and Singapore Dance Theatre. He also promotes environmental conservation and renewable energy, having served on Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Council.
In 2010, a panel of Nobel Laureates made him 'Primus Inter Pares Honouree' of the Oslo Business for Peace Award for encouraging socially responsible business ethics and practices. In the same year, he received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at CNBC's Asia Business Leaders Awards.
Tan Sri (Sir) Francis was made Board Member of Global Child Forum by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf in May 2016. Global Child Forum is an independent, global multi- stakeholder platform purposed to dialogue, promote and advance children’s rights through ethical and sustainable practices.
In 2017, he was honoured with the Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tourism Awards. This was in recognition of his efforts in the transformation of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top shopping and tourist destinations in the world.
He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Regulated Industries at the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit held in London in 2015 and he was named CEO of the Year at the Asian Power Awards 2017.
Tan Sri (Sir) Francis was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006. In 2018 he was bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and in the same year the Italian government conferred upon him the honour of Grande Officialé of the Order of the Star of Italy. In 2019 he was awarded the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kingston (UK). He also has an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from University of Nottingham.
Tan Sri (Sir) Francis married the late Puan Sri Dato' Paduka Rosaline in 1982 and they have 3 sons and 2 daughters.