5. Lee Shin Cheng
Making most of his money from palm oil and real estate, Lee Shin Cheng’s wealth is valued at $5B by Forbes. He grew up on a rubber plantation where his father ran a Chinese food shop. And at age 11 he left school in order to support his family and sold ice cream on a bicycle for 4 years before returning to complete his high school.
He later went conferred with a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Agriculture from Universiti Putra Malaysia, as a way of recognizing his contribution towards the palm oil industry.
His IOI Corporation is currently the world leader in oleo chemicals and it’s one of the largest palm oil plantation companies in Malaysia.