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Robert Kuok Hock Nien

No.1: Robert Kuok Hock Nien

His business successes have resulted in a current net worth of $9.2 billion. In 2015 Forbes named him the richest man in Malaysia, a title he has maintained since 2002.

In 1970 he launched the nonprofit Kuok Foundation, whose stated mission is “the alleviation of poverty and suffering, the fostering of self-reliance and empowerment of the disadvantaged and underprivileged through education and training, and the promotion of the spirit of caring and sharing.”

Jeffrey Cheah

No.2: Jeffrey Cheah

Jeffrey’s accomplishments have resulted in a net worth of $950 million – making him the 19th richest person in Malaysia.

effrey has been honored for his contributions to the education sector and charity in general. In 2009 he was named as one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy.

Miliee Kassim/Mohd Kassim

No.3: Miliee Kassim/Mohd Kassim

in 2015 they were chosen by Top 10 of Malaysia for its list, “Top 10 Most-Admired Philanthropists in Malaysia.”

he Kassims have been recognized for their generosity. In 2012 they were highlighted as one of Forbes Asia’s “Heroes of Philanthropy”, two of only five Malaysians to receive this honor.

Vincent Tan Chee Yioun

No.4: Vincent Tan Chee Yioun

His corporate success has resulted in Vincent attaining a net worth of $1.2 billion, making him the 14th richest person in Malaysia.

At the most recent event in 2015, employees raised a whopping RM 20.1 million, donating the sum to 79 charitable organizations through BMF and BCF.

Dato’ Ruby Khonh

No.5: Dato’ Ruby Khonh

In 2015 she stepped down from her position as President after eight years, but emphasized that she would still be committed to serving it in any way she could. She also indicated that she would continue helping the urban poor, a task she would pursue at a more international level following a brief sabbatical.

In 2009 she donated RM 1.32 million ($400,000) to KSK, a gift the charity found extremely helpful.

Vijay Eswaran

No.6: Vijay Eswaran

In 2013 he won “CEO of The Year” from the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia; the same year, Forbes Asia identified him as the 25th richest person in Malaysia.

Eswaran's Foundation, RYTHM, has given aid to students enrolling in vocational courses -- 12 students from the Riverbank Academy were granted loans worth RM 50,600. These individuals all came from troubled or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ananda Krishnan

No.7: Ananda Krishnan

Ananda’s business success has led him to accrue a net worth of $7.4 billion, according to Forbes; this makes him the second-richest man in Malaysia.

The Live Aid concert he co- organized in 1985 helped raise $240 million around the world for African famine relief. Since then he has donated tens of millions to education, sports, arts, and humanitarian causes in Malaysia through Usaha Tegas, its subsidiaries, and various foundations.

Yeoh Tiong Lay

No.8: Yeoh Tiong Lay

The success of the company has led to Yeoh earning a net worth of $2.3 billion, making him the 7th richest man in Malaysia.

In 2013 the foundation donated £7 million to King’s College London to set up a new research-based Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law.

Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary

No.9: Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary

Syed’s business success has resulted in a net worth of $2 billion, according to Forbes. This makes him the 8th richest person in Malaysia.

In total, the foundation has spent RM 1.63 billion on its initiatives, reaching communities in more than 50 countries.