Star light, star bright Business magnate Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping has had much to do with transforming Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang area from an old-fashioned retail district into a fashionable and thriving hub. In a rare interview in conjunction with the launch of his new Starhill Gallery, he talks about his passions and what keeps him grounded.
Investing in staff and education One feels very safe sitting with Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping. He is, after all, surrounded by bodyguards at the insistence of his insurance companies.
‘Charity is best given and forgotten’ In KL’s high society charity galas, there is never a mention of Tan Sri Francis nor Puan Sri Rosaline Yeoh’s names as benefactors. Yet they well-known as great contributors to charity.
In God he trusts There is an epiphany in my story,” says Tan Sri Francis Yeoh. “I was 16 and had what seemed like an insurmountable problem so I vowed that whichever God would help me, I would dedicate the rest of my life to Him.
Father's wisdom Yeoh’s late grandfather came to Malaya in 1920 from Fujian, southern China, with “ a bag of clothes and a handful of dollars”, says the grandson with justifiable pride.? “He started as a clerk in a timber shop in Klang before branching into transport and construction. My father, Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, established Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay in 1955, the forerunner of YTL Group. ?