ASIAN GODFATHERS STUDWELL PDF

It is little known that the economies of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are dominated by only families, all of whom command multibillion-dollar personal fortunes. Mysterious, shrewd, and ruthless, these tycoons represent 8 of the 25 wealthiest people on the planet, controlling everything from banking to real estate, from shipping to sugar, from gambling to lumber — yet their names would not be familiar to regular readers of The Wall Street Journal. Who are they and how do they do it? That is the question Joe Studwell, author of the acclaimed The China Dream and current editor of the China Economic Quarterly, answers in this incisive myth-breaking exploration of the outsize figures behind the veil.

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It is little known that the economies of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are dominated by only families, all of whom command multibillion-dollar personal fortunes.

Mysterious, shrewd, and ruthless, these tycoons represent 8 of the 25 wealthiest people on the planet, controlling everything from banking to real estate, from shipping to sugar, from gambling to lumber — yet their names would not be familiar to regular readers of The Wall Street Journal. Who are they and how do they do it?

That is the question Joe Studwell, author of the acclaimed The China Dream and current editor of the China Economic Quarterly, answers in this incisive myth-breaking exploration of the outsize figures behind the veil. Studwell spent fifteen years as a reporter in the region and uses his unprecedented access to debunk one myth after another while simultaneously painting intimate and revealing portraits of the godfathers.

He explodes the complex mythologies which surrounds these men, preconceptions that reflect Asian views on culture, entrepreneurialism and economics. In his fascinating account, Joe Studwell finds that the facts are even more remarkable than the myths.

In Indonesia, we learn how President Suharto early on gained rapid wealth through monopoly trading and smuggling activities in league with future godfathers that were suddenly catapulted from small businessmen to billionaires when he became president. Liem received a string of monopoly rights when Suharto came to power.

He eventually diversified into shipping, real estate, banking, holding many companies in tandem with the Suharto family. How the tycoons developed such a strong hold over their local economies and how they survived the Asian financial crises that began in teaches us volumes about the real state of the countries they live in. Asian Godfathers is an explosive expose that lifts the curtain on a world of unimaginable wealth, staggering secrecy and hypocrisy.

The author also explains how the political choices—and not the godfathers—will determine if the countries in this region of million people will move toward first-world status or continue to circle, Latin American—like, in the purgatory of underdevelopment. Teuku Umar , tel. For comments and suggestions, please write :.

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Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia

Lots of information. Read it with an open mind and reflect. There are big implications here for both China and the USA. East Asia Japan, Korea, Taiwan have developed domestic companies that invent technology and compete globally. South East Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand rented labor to global businesses, but have never built their own globally competitive businesses. Hong Kong and Singapore are the Switzerland Interesting. Hong Kong and Singapore are the Switzerland of Asia, providing offshore financial services to the rest of the region.

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Asian Godfathers by Joe Studwell

Migration came first. Long before European colonists arrived in south-east Asia, Arabs, Indians and Chinese were settling in the region. The early history of these immigrants is sketchy at best. In Thailand, where historical records are more complete than elsewhere in the region, immigrants were employed in a range of court-sanctioned roles from at least the sixteenth century.

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