Tan Sri Dato' Seri Yeoh Tiong Lay is a Malaysian business tycoon and a prominent philanthropist. He founded YTL Corporation, one of Malaysia's biggest and most successful conglomerates with interests in construction, utilities, hotels, property development and technology. YTL is based primarily in Malaysia but has extensive operations in Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom, where it owns the utility Wessex Water. YTL Corp has nearly $3 billion in cash.
Yeoh Tiong Lay completed his secondary school education at Hin Hua High School in Klang, Malaysia. He is the father of Francis Yeoh, who is the eldest of his 7 children, most of whom are involved in the family business.
He is one of the richest individuals in Malaysia, his family is estimated to have a net worth of US$ 1.8 billion, and is ranked as the 397th richest person on earth according to Forbes in 2009.
He was conferred the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his efforts in promoting bilateral relations between Malaysia and Japan on the 19th of January 2008