Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay

Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kok Thay is a
prominent entrepreneur in Malaysia. He is the second son of Tan Sri Lim Goh
Tong, the founder of the Genting Group and Puan Lee Kim Fa.
Career Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay is the chairman and
Chief Executive of Genting Berhad, the holding company of the Genting Group, a
conglomerate which is involved in leisure & hospitality, power generation,
oil palm plantations, property development, biotechnology and oil & gas
business activities. He is the co-founder of Genting Hong
Kong Limited, formerly known as Star Cruises Limited. Star Cruises, together
with Norwegian Cruise Line is the third largest cruise operator in the world,
with a combined fleet of 18 ships visiting over 200 destinations in the
world, and providing about 35,000 lower berths.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of
London, United Kingdom. He attended the advanced management programme of Harvard
Business School, Harvard University, USA in 1979.
In 1976, he was appointed a director of Genting Berhad. Under the founder’s and
Kok Thay’s stewardship, the Genting Group grew from a single listed entity
in 1971 to five listed entities, Genting Malaysia Berhad and Genting Plantations
Berhad which are listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia; Genting
Singapore Plc which is listed on the main board of Singapore Exchange and
Genting Hong Kong which is listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock
Exchange. He was appointed the chairman and Chief
Executive of Genting Berhad and Genting Malaysia Berhad when the late Tan Lim
Goh Tong retired in December 2003. Kok Thay has since expanded Genting’s
presence globally, especially in the leisure tourism and entertainment
industry. Under his guidance, the Genting Group
has developed leisure brands such as “Resorts World”, “Maxims”, “Crockfords”
and “Awana”, as well as established strategic partnerships with Universal
Studios, Hard Rock Hotel, Premium Outlets, Synthetic Genomics and many
others. In 1990, he assisted the Mashantucket
Pequots, a Native American Tribe to establish Foxwoods Resorts Casino in
Connecticut, With 340,000 square feet of floor space, the Foxwoods Resort Casino
is the largest casino in the United States.
He guided the expansion works of the Group’s first integrated resort, Resorts
World Genting, formerly known as Genting Highlands Resort. Resorts World Genting
has been voted by World Travel Awards as the “World’s Leading Casino Resort in
years 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010” and also voted as “Asia’s Leading Casino
Resort” from years 2005 to 2010. In 2005, he expanded Group’s presence to
the United Kingdom. Today, Genting UK Plc is the largest casino operator in
the UK with 43 casinos. In 2006, Tan Sri Lim led his team to win
the competitive bid to build and operate Singapore’s first integrated resort on
Sentosa Island, called Resorts World Sentosa. The resort was progressively
opened from January 2010 and has become a prominent tourist destination in the
country. The resort features Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios
Singapore, six themed hotels, Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium and
many more attractions. Today, under the guidance of Tan Sri
Lim, the Genting Group has integrated resort properties in three Asian
countries, namely Resorts World Genting in Malaysia, Resorts World Sentosa in
Singapore and Resorts World Manila in the Philippines, attracting millions of
leisure visitors and creating employment and tourism activities in these
countries. The Group has two leisure projects in the United States of
America, namely Resorts World New York and Resorts World Miami.
Tan Sri Lim was appointed as a Visiting Professor of the UK-based Institute of
Biomedical Engineering of Imperial College, London in October 2009. He was
also appointed the Honorary Professor of Xiamen University, China in December
2007. Personal
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay is married to Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, together they have 3
sons. Recognitions
In 2002, he was bestowed the national award titleship of “Tan Sri” by his
Majesty, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, for his contributions to Malaysia>.
In 2009, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay named the “Travel Entrepreneur of the Year” by
Travel Trade Gazette Asia ) and “The Most Influential Person in Asian Gaming”
by Inside Asian Gaming, for his contributions to the leisure and travel
industry. See also
Genting Group Tun Lim Goh Tong
Resorts World Genting Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Manila Resorts World Miami
Books: Barbara Tey. View from Above – Where the Sky’s The Limit. MIM
Management Magazine, 4 – 6. References

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