10. Surin Upatkoon
Although he’s a citizen of Thailand, he’s been a longtime resident in Kuala Lumpur, and Forbes ranks him as the 10th richest person in Malaysia, and his wealth is valued at $1.1B. He’s lived in Malaysia since 1965, when he arrived in Penang for school and stayed to work. He only completed high school.
Most of h is wealth is earned from telecoms, lotteries, and insurance. However, he started his career as a manager at his father’s textile company, MWE Weaving Mills in 1971. He got his biggest break by acquiring a major stake in Multi Purpose Holdings Bhd. that he later split into MPHB Capital, an insurance and real estate company.