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Lim Kok Thay

Chairman
Genting

Lim Kok Thay is the Chairman of Genting, a conglomerate active in leisure and hospitality, power generation, oil palm plantations, property development, biotechnology and oil and gas business activities. He stepped down from his position as Chairman of Genting Hong Kong in January 2022, after the cruise operator was ruined by the Covid pandemic and declared bankruptcy.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

In December 2007, Lim was appointed Honorary Professor of Xiamen University in China.

Also in 2007, Lim was named Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang. In 2002, he was named Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia, and in 1991 Lim was named Knight Companion of the Order of the Crown of Pahang.

Under his guidance, the Genting Group developed leisure brands such as "Resorts World", "Maxims", "Crockfords" and "Awana", as well as established partnerships with Universal Studios, Hard Rock Hotel, Premium Outlets, Synthetic Genomics and others.

AWARDS

In 2009, Lim was named "Travel Entrepreneur of the Year" by Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia. He was also granted "The Most Influential Person in Asian Gaming" award for his contributions to the leisure and travel industry.

Genting Group's first integrated resort, Resorts World Genting, located in Pahang, was voted by World Travel Awards as the "World's Leading Casino Resort" in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. And, from 2005 to 2010, it was voted "Asia's Leading Casino Resort".

EMPLOYMENT

Lim Kok was appointed Director of Genting Group in 1976 and was in charge of growing the group from a single listed entity in 1971 to five listed entities.

After his father Lim Gog Tong retired in December 2003, Lim Kok was appointed the Chairman and CEO of Genting Berhad and Genting Malaysia Berhad. Since then, Lim worked on expanding Genting’s presence globally with a focus in leisure tourism and entertainment industry.

In 2015, Lim purchased Crystal Cruises from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, and soon afterwards, he expanded the company by adding four new river vessels. He also purchased an ocean-and-expedition ship and three shipyards before adding a charter jet service.

In 2009, Lim was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of Imperial College London and in December 2007 he became an Honorary Professor of Xiamen University in China.

PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

In February 2018, Resorts World Catskills opened through Lim’s holding company Empire Resorts. The $1.2bn complex features a casino, entertainment venue and a hotel.

Under Lim’s guidance, the Genting Group has integrated resort properties in three countries throughout Asia: Resorts world Genting in Malaysia, Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and Resort World Manila in the Philippines.

The group also has leisure projects in the US, such as Resorts World New York City, Resorts World Las Vegas and Resorts World Miami, as well as resort property in Bimini named Resorts World Bimini, which is about 30 minutes east of Miami.

In 1990, Lim aided the Native American tribe Mashantucket Pequots to establish Foxwood Resorts Casino in Connecticut.

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