Meet the 10 Richest People in Southeast Asia (by Country)


As one of the emerging regions with the fastest growing economies, Southeast Asia is currently home to 102 billionaires, primarily coming from its 6 largest nations. In the recent years, ASEAN has become an increasingly attractive region not only to tourists, but investors and businesses.

Each of these 10 individuals below have built their empires and accumulated their wealth in their respective nations, mostly through various fields of business. Who are the 10 richest people in Southeast Asia and what are their source of wealth? Read on to find out!

1. Richest Man in Brunei – Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

  • Wealth (Net Worth): $20 billion
  • Age: 63 years old
  • Source: Diversified

As the eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is the 29th and current Sultan of Brunei. Interestingly, he is also the first and incumbent Prime Minister of the country.


The Sultan has been ranked by Forbes among the wealthiest individuals in the world with a total peak net worth of $20 billion in 2008.

2. Richest Man in Philippines – Henry Sy

  • Wealth (Net Worth): $20 billion
  • Age: 93 years old
  • Source: Diversified
  • World Rank: 52
  • Refer this profile for more details on Henry Sy

Born to an extremely poor family in Ankhue Village, Jinjiang City Fujian (a province of China), Henry Sy is known today as a Chinese-Filipino business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist.

Henry Sy has been involved in a plethora of industries – predominantly in real estate, hospitality, banking, mining, education, and healthcare. He is also the founder of SM Prime Holdings, the holding corporation for all of the business divisions in his vast business empire.

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