The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

The Life! Power list of top arts, entertainment, lifestyle players


This year, the annual Power List in Life! is a combined list comprising the top players in the fields of arts, entertainment and lifestyle. The Power List started in 2005 and over the years, we have named the top 10 most influential people in three categories: the arts, entertainment (which includes music, film and gigs) and lifestyle (comprising fashion, retail, F&B and tourism).

But this time round, we have decided to combine all three lists and come up with just the 20 most powerful people in the three fields.

Top of the power list is an unanimous choice - Dr Tan Wee Kiat, chief executive officer of the $1-billion Gardens by the Bay, the wildly successful twin-domed megapark that has received more than two million visitors since it opened in June. Dr Tan made park-going sexy again.

Prominent local artist Tan Swie Hian smashed sales records for a living Singaporean artist when his painting of a moon behind a tree fetched 18.975 million yuan (S$3.7 million) at a Chinese auction. This parachutes the Cultural Medallion recipient into the No. 2 spot this year.