1. Dato’ A.K Nathan – Used to sell newspaper and he was also an insurance agent (Current Net Worth: RM2.2 billion
He currently owns and runs Eversendai, a Kuala Lumpur contractor he founded in 1984 that fabricates, designs and erects the steel frames for big buildings, mostly in the Gulf.
2. Tony Fernandes – Used to work as an auditor for Virgin Atlantic (Current Net Worth: RM2.4 billion)
Tan Sri Anthony Francis “Tony” Fernandes, CBE (born 30 April 1964) is a Malaysian entrepreneur. He is the founder of Tune Air Sdn. Bhd., who introduced the first budget no-frills airline, AirAsia, to Malaysians with the tagline “Now everyone can fly”. Fernandes managed to turn AirAsia, a failing government-linked commercial airline, into a highly successful budget airline public-listed company. He has since founded the Tune Group of companies.
3. Jeffrey Cheah – Used to work as an accountant in a motor assembly plant (Current Net Worth: RM3.52 billion)
The Sunway Group grew from a gradual conglomeration of Jeffrey Cheah’s business interests. At its heart is the 350-hectare (860-acre; 1.4 sq mi) development Bandar Sunway, in the Petaling district of the state of Selangor. This derelict mining estate was ‘resurrected’ as a new township, twenty minutes’ drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, focused around the Sunway Lagoon theme park and the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall, both of which are Sunway Group holdings.
4. Vincent Tan – Bank clerk (Current Net Worth: RM4.4 billion)
Tan Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun (born 1952); (Chinese: 陳志遠; pinyin: Chén Zhìyuǎn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Chì-uán), known simply as Vincent Tan, is a Malaysian businessman and investor. He is the chairman and chief executive of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, which is in a wide array of businesses which includes golfing, property, resorts, and gambling in a group known as the Berjaya Group.
5. Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary – Selling vegetables in the market, selling roti canai, breeding cow and selling meat in the market (Current Net Worth: RM10.7 billion)
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Shah bin Syed Nor Al-Bukhary born 1952) is the richest Bumiputra corporate figure in Malaysia. With involvement in diversified business areas which include transportation and logistics, plantations, property development, defense and armory as well as engineering and power generation.6
6. Lee Shin Cheng – Selling ice-cream on a bicycle, supervisor at a palm oil company (Current Net Worth: RM17 billion)
Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Shin Cheng (born 3 June 1939) is a Malaysian Chinese business magnate who is heavily involved in the plantation industry. Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Shin Cheng heads IOI Corporation Berhad (or better known as IOI Group) as its executive chairman. IOI Group was by Forbes in 2012 a palm oil and real estate development giant.
7. Teh Hong Piow – Bank clerk and bank manager (Current Net Worth: RM17.4 billion)
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Teh Hong Piow (simplified Chinese: 郑鸿标; traditional Chinese: 鄭鴻標; pinyin: Zhèng Hóngbiāo), the Chairman of Public Bank Berhad in Malaysia, was born in Singapore on 14 March 1930. He attended his formal primary and secondary education at the Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore.
8. Robert Kuok – Office boy (Current Net Worth: RM41.9 billion)
Apart from a multitude of businesses in Malaysia, his companies have investments in many countries throughout Asia. His business interests range from sugarcane plantations (Perlis Plantations Bhd), sugar refineries, flour milling, animal feed, oil, mining, finance, hotels, properties, trading, freight and publishing.