Yearender2018: Game changers who raised the stakes

East meets West as Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, 36, and American singer Nick Jonas, 26, tied the knot. The celebrity couple had two ceremonies – a Christian service and a traditional Indian wedding – and exchanged vows at the Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It was dubbed India’s ‘wedding of the year’. Photo: AFP/Sajjad Hussain

[caption id="attachment_445686" align="alignnone" width="1080"]yearender2018 Closer to home was the wedding of Chryseis Tan, daughter of Berjaya Corporation founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and SM Faliq SM Nasimuddin, son of Naza Group founder, the late Tan Sri Nasimuddin Amin. It was seen as a union not only between two lovebirds, but also of two of the richest families in Malaysia. Faliq, 33, is currently the deputy executive chairman and group managing director of Naza TTDI Group. Chryseis, 29, is the executive director of Berjaya Assets Bhd and an investor in several brands, including Greyhound Cafe and La Juiceria, and is known as a fashionable jet-setter. Photo: Instagram[/caption]

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, 66, became Malaysia’s first female Deputy Prime Minister when the new Cabinet was announced in May after GE14. She is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister. She stepped down as PKR president in November to make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who took over the party’s stewardship. Photo: Bernama
Newly appointed Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is the first ethnic minority to hold the powerful post in 44 years. The former senior executive of bank and qualified chartered accountant served as DAP’s secretary-general since 2004, and was Penang’s chief minister between 2008 and 2018. Photo: Bernama

[caption id="attachment_445684" align="alignnone" width="1170"]yearender2018 The much-anticipated third Inter-Korean Summit in April sparked hope for the reconciliation of South and North Korea with the historical meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, seen by many as the symbolic start of a new era. Photo: AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool[/caption]

With over 40 years experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer, Tommy Thomas was appointed Attorney General, replacing Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali. Known as one of Malaysia’s leading litigation lawyers, he was involved in landmark cases on corporate debts and asset recovery, and is part of the prosecution handling the 1MDB scandal. Photo: The Star/Syed Azamudden
Tan Sri Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice of Malaysia and the first Sabahan to be made so. The former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, replaced Tun Md Raus Sharif, who resigned. Photo: Bernama

[caption id="attachment_445693" align="alignnone" width="1170"]yearender2018 Human rights lawyer and writer Azhar Harun, better known as Art Harun, was appointed Election Commission chairman in September. Previously, all the chairmen of the commission were former civil servants and Azhar is the first chairman to be appointed from outside the civil service. Photo: The Star/Sam Tham[/caption]

French chef Dominique Crenn, 53, became the first woman in the United States to earn three Michelin stars. Her San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn won its first Michelin star when it was launched in 2011 and a second in 2012.
Ada Hegerberg may be only 23, but she has already made a name for herself, having scored 300 goals. She became the first winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or award for her excellence in football this year. The Norwegian helped Lyon win their third straight UEFA Women’s Champions League. Photo: Reuters/Emmanuel Foudrot

People We Lost In 2018

Comic fans were saddened by the death of Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee at 95. He left a legacy that inspired and continues to inspire many. He broke the mould of conventional comic-book superheroes by making them more human, with complex feelings. Photo: AP/Jordan Strauss/Invision
It was a loss for the science field when British theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, died in March at 76. Revered by many not just for his contributions to science, he was also admired for his perseverance and outlook on life despite having a debilitating disease (ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a form of motor neurone disease.

The passing of Hong Kong author Louis Cha, popularly known by his pen name “Jin Yong”, was a loss to the Chinese literary scene. He died in October after a long illness at 94. Regarded as the most influential Chinese martial arts novelist of the 20th century, some have called Cha ‘China’s Tolkien’. Photo: Reuters/Bobby Yip
Revolutionary chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain closed the lines between food and entertainment, his respect and appreciation for local cultures clearly evident in his shows. Sadly, Bourdain, 61, was found dead in his hotel room in June in Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his programme.

Prominent Christian evangelist and a spiritual adviser to several US presidents, Reverend Billy Graham died at age 99 in February. The influential Southern preacher was a pioneer of ‘televangelism’ and was consulted by presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. Photo: AFP/Tom Kurtz
US Senator John McCain, a war hero and prominent figure in American politics, died following a battle with brain cancer at 81 in August. The aviator and former prisoner of war in Vietnam will be remembered for his advocacy for a strong military, his opposition to torture, as well as two unsuccessful presidential runs. Photo: AFP/Robyn Beck

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