As a teenager, Tiong Hiew King worked as a rubber tapper before building what is currently a 16-country “forestry concession” (a tool for forest management, especially in tropical countries) named the Rimbunan Hijau Group.
They primarily oversee forestry in Papua New Guinea, among a few other countries including Malaysia. He’s even been knighted by Queen Elizabeth, to controversy from objecting environmentalists.
Here on our shores, Rimbunan Hijau is also known for owning Media Chinese International Ltd, famously the holder of Chinese publications Sin Chew Jit Poh and Nanyang Siang Pau. Forbes links that to Rimbunan Hijau capturing 70% of the Chinese readership in Malaysia.
Today, the company has introduced local editions of Chinese-language daily Ming Pao in places like San Francisco, New York, Vancouver and Toronto.