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Richard Ong is a Malaysian businessman and investor. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of RRJ Capital, one of the largest private equity funds based in Asia. Richard was also a founder and CEO of Hopu Fund 1, a Beijing-based private equity fund.
|Net Worth||$250 million|
Richard Ong Tiong Sin was born in 1965 (age 56 years) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ong is of Chinese descent and was born in Malaysia. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1986 and then an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1989. His brother Charles Ong was the chief strategist of Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings and is currently co-CEO and co-chairman of RRJ Capital.
Richard Ong started his finance career at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked for three years as a mergers banker; he also spent a year at Prudential Bache International.
Ong joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and became a partner of the firm seven years later. He was later named to the position of co-president of Goldman’s Singapore office.
In 2006, Ong was promoted to the position of co-head of Asia investment banking, replacing Bill Wicker, who moved to New York. GS moved Ong from Singapore to Beijing with the intention that he would also become CEO of their Beijing joint venture Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities, Co.
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However, Ong’s weak knowledge of written Chinese led him to fail a language ability examination required to take up his new position. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) had required since 2004 that CEOs, deputy CEOs, and heads of supervisory boards at locally incorporated securities firms all pass the examination; however many CEOs and deputy CEOs of other securities companies were not able to pass the CSRC examination as well, but were given waivers. Goldman elevated the joint venture’s deputy CEO Zha Xiangyang to the CEO post in Ong’s place.
One industry observer criticized the decision by CSRC to deny Ong his new position as “short-sighted and xenophobic”, also noting that it served as a wake-up call to overseas Chinese that shared ethnicity was not a guarantee of success in the mainland China market.
A China Economic Review editorial speculated that the language proficiency issue was merely a pretext and that the true reason that CSRC denied Goldman permission to name Ong to his new position was due to his family ties to Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings and his own role in the money-losing sale of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s Shin Corporation to Temasek.
In January 2008, Richard Ong resigned from his position at GS, ending a fifteen-year tenure there; his departure was seen as a major blow to the firm.
Richard Ong stated that he planned to return to Malaysia to spend time with his family and work in his family business. It soon emerged that he would be joining fellow former GS executive Fang Fenglei at the Hopu Fund, a new China private equity fund established by Fang. Goldman planned to invest roughly US$300 million of their own money in the new fund, while Temasek would provide another US$1 billion.
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The total size of the fund was planned at US$2 billion; interest from potential investors far exceeded that amount, according to unnamed sources. In 2010 the fund began winding down when it announced that Hopu Investment Management would not be raising a second fund.
Richard Ong is married with children. However, his wife or partner’s name is unknown to the general public. RRJ Capital, a private equity firm based in Hong Kong and Singapore, was founded in March 2011 by Richard Ong.
Richard Ong net worth
How much is Richard Ong worth? Richard Ong net worth is estimated at around $250 million. His main source of income is from his career as a businessman and investor. Ong successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential people in Malaysia.