PETALING JAYA: Eight Malaysians made it to Asiamoneys list of 100 most powerful and influential people in business and finance in the Asia Pacific region.
Topping the list is Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampao, followed by Singapores first lady Ho Ching, who is executive director and CEO of the Singapore Governments investment arm, Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, in second place.
Bank of Japan governor Toshihiko Fukui is third, followed by South Koreas Samsung Group chairman/CEO Lee Kun Hee (fourth), and the Peoples Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan, in fifth place.
Leading the pack of Malaysians are Hong Leong Group executive chairman Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan at 20th place, Petroliam Nasional Bhd president and CEO Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican, 24th and CIMB Group chief executive officer Datuk Nazir Razak, 29th.
Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz is among the most powerful and influential governors in Asia Pacific at 36th place, followed by Khazanah Nasional Bhd CEO Datuk Azman Mokhtar (38), Ananda Krishnan (90) and YTL Corp Bhd managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh (98).
The list acknowledged Malaysian hotelier and commodities king Tan Sri Robert Kuok, at 57th place, as a self-made Chinese tycoon.
Ho Ching, whom Asiamoney described as Singapores leading light, and Zeti are two of the three women named in the list.
The other woman is Hu Xiaolian, the deputy governor of the Peoples Bank of China and State Administrator of Foreign Exchange, at 17th place.
India was represented by an 11-strong contingent led by Reliance Industries chairman/CEO Mukesh Ambani at eighth place, Tata group chairman Ratan Tata (13), Azmi Premji chairman/MD of Wipro Corp (40) and United Beverages Group and Kingfisher Airlines chairman Vijay Mallya (79).
Australias Reserve Bank governor Ian Macfarlane is ranked 15 and James Packer, and executive chairman of Publishing Broadcasting Ltd and Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd, 65.
Japans Softbank president/CEO Masayoshi Son (21), Macaus casino king Stanley Ho of Shun Tak Group (48), CEO of Indonesias Djarum, Robert Budi Hartono (82) and Hong Kong's Richard Li, the chairman/ED of PCCW and Pacific Century Group and son of Li Ka-shing, (91).
In its September issue, Asiamoney said the inaugural list highlighted the individuals who were driving economic, and consequently, social changes in the region. They included some who fought their way to the top of major corporations, some have founded their own firms, while others have invested and bought wisely.
In compiling the list, Asiamoney spoke to economists, investors, analysts and experienced market observers throughout the region.
We then ranked each candidate according to a weighted criteria: the ability to directly influence financial markets across Asia, the power to make major strategic and/or portfolio investments, the ability to move markets in a country, the impact they have on their countrys economy, their personality and potential as role models and their relative importance to the sector in which they operate.