Thursday, April 18, 2024

67 Lee Kwan Yew
Minister Mentor - Government of Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, is the Minister Mentor of Singapore, and the financial centre's founding father, and indeed Singapore's. Born in 1923 he remains a major influence in Asia and international fora. He is chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, reckoned to be the third largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.

He was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, from 1959 to 1990. As co-founder and first secretary-general of the People's Action Party (PAP), he led the party to victory in 1959 and oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965. Under the administration of Singapore's second prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, he served as Senior Minister. He currently holds the post of Minister Mentor, a post created when his son, Lee Hsien Loong, became the nation's third prime minister on 12 August 2004