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Robert Kuok Hock Nien (郭鶴年, pinyin: Guō Hčnián) (born October 6, 1923, in Johor Baru, in then Malaya) is reputedly the richest man in Malaysia. He has married twice and has eight children. He received his education from Raffles College, Singapore.
After graduation, he helped out at his father’s company, and later founded the Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd in 1949. He began investing in the sugar refinery business and became known as the "Sugar King" of Malaysia.
He quickly moved into other businesses, establishing the largest flour mill in Malaysia. His business interests range from sugarcane plantations, sugar refinery, flour milling, animal feed, oil and mining to finance, hotels, properties, trading and freight.
Kuok controls the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Chain, Kerry Group, Perlis Plantations Bhd, and dozens of other companies. Nowadays, Kuok Khoon Ean one of Robert's sons, handles most of the day-to-day operations of his businesses.
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