KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman and Malaysia’s most famous socialite Jho Low made his first million – in US dollars – when he was barely 20 years old when he took a semester off from The Wharton School of Business to set up an investment fund that is today worth in excess of US$1bil (RM3.19bil).
In his first-ever interview with the media, Low said he was in the right place at the right time and also that he had gone to the right schools – Harrow School in England and The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in the United States.
He tells of how at these schools he met and befriended Arab royalty, describing the relationship as being important since how they became friends at such a young age created a great amount of trust between them.
His private equity fund, called The Wyndon Group, started off with a capital of US$25mil (RM79.7mil) from his family and nine other investors made up of his schoolmates and their families. Low, 28, is the third and youngest child in the family of Datuk Larry Low, who founded the engineering company MWE.
Low Taek Jho or better known as Jho Low
Place of birth: Penang
Languages: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Hokkien, Teo Chew
and Basic Arabic
Primary: Union Primary School
Secondary: Chung Ling High School/Uplands School (O-Levels)
Harrow School, London (1998-2000) (A-Levels)
Tertiary: The Wharton School of Business, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000-2005)
(Bachelor of Science in Economics majoring in Finance)
At the age of 20, started an investment company called
The Wynton Group with US$25mil from family
and South-East Asian and Middle Eastern friends. The investment company in which he owns a
stake is now worth in excess of US$1bil.
Appointed to the board of UBG Bhd as
group adviser and non-independent &
non-executive director in 2008.
Group adviser to several
international corporations involved
in global private equity, M&A
> Tomorrow: Jho Low talks about a new investment fund, his plans for Malaysia including making Hollywood movies here with good friend and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.
No ordinary Jho
Right place, right time, right people
Paris just part of the group
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