Vincent Tan Biography
(Malaysian Chinese Businessman, Investor and Founder of ‘Berjaya Corporation Berhad’)
Birthday: 1952 (Aquarius)
Born In: Batu Pahat, Malaysia
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun is a noted Malaysian-Chinese investor and businessman. Born into a poor family, he started to work soon after passing out of high school. He got a good business idea at the age of twenty-one after he came across an article about McDonald’s burgers and started dreaming of opening a McDonald’s franchise in Malaysia. For around five years, he kept on writing letters to the company, eventually opening the first McDonald’s outlet in Malaysia, later introducing other international food and beverage franchises to the country. At thirty-two, he used the money from the McDonald’s business to buy a controlling stake in Berjaya Industrial Berhad, eventually renaming it Berjaya Corporation Berhad. Today, it is one of Malaysia's largest conglomerates with diversified interests, having five subsidiaries, Berjaya Land Berhad, Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad, Berjaya Food Berhad, REDtone International Berhad and Berjaya Philippines Inc, listed under it.