Following the publication of the richest people in Malaysia list who turned out to be all men, a question arose: where are the women?
In the list of the richest people in Malaysia, the first woman falls into 33rd place, following 32 listings of only men.
We decided to look the women up and find out a bit more about them. Between shareholders, property and everything in between, these women embody a wide variety of industries.
According to Focus Malaysia, the combined wealth of the top 25 richest women in Malaysia builds up to “RM9.5 bil in shares of Bursa-listed companies”.
That combination is a far cry from just Malaysia’s richest man, Robert Kuok, who’s worth US$11.4 billion (RM48.77 billion) alone.
It seems there’s a long way to go before a woman makes it to the ranks of the 10 richest in Malaysia, but for now, here’re some who have amassed sizeable fortunes of their own.
9. Hanifah Hajar Taib-Alsree—RM309 mil
At 45-years-old, this prolific Sarawakian face is a mainstay in Borneo-related news on account of her being the daughter of Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Her wealth is largely linked to her position as a shareholder in Cahya Mata Sdn Bhd.
But beyond shareholding, Hanifah is the CEO at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, as well as a member of the Board of Governing Council of Limkokwing Institute Borneo (Sarawak Campus).
She’s also an Executive Director at Cats FM and Miri Marriot Resort and Spa. She spent about two decades working in different fields, including the private sector, the community and also in voluntary sectors.
Most interestingly, she’s also been recently appointed as the advisor to the Football Association of Sarawak.