Me & My Property: Buying property with an eye on liquidity

Fintech CEO careful not to rely on loans so she can dispose of assets easily

OneConnect’s South-east Asia CEO Tan Bin Ru, 46, with her husband Low Chong Eng, 46, children Adelle, 18, and Bryan, 20, and mother-in-law Teo Ha, 73, in their home at The Interlace in Depot Road. Her unit is on the ground floor, with four bedrooms, a gen
OneConnect’s South-east Asia CEO Tan Bin Ru, 46, with her husband Low Chong Eng, 46, children Adelle, 18, and Bryan, 20, and mother-in-law Teo Ha, 73, in their home at The Interlace in Depot Road. Her unit is on the ground floor, with four bedrooms, a generous-sized kitchen, a large dining area, living room and two gardens. It is about 3,300 sq ft and was bought for $2.8 million. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
The Interlace, a 99-year leasehold residential development in Depot Road, is fairly close to Orchard Road and Raffles Place. Its lush landscaping and the nearby HortPark and Telok Blangah Hill serve as a green respite for Ms Tan’s family.
The Interlace, a 99-year leasehold residential development in Depot Road, is fairly close to Orchard Road and Raffles Place. Its lush landscaping and the nearby HortPark and Telok Blangah Hill serve as a green respite for Ms Tan’s family.ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
Ms Tan says her unit with two gardens – front and back of the unit – exudes a landed property feel but without the hefty price and financial commitment. Her two Yorkshire terriers also love dashing about in the gardens all day.
Ms Tan says her unit with two gardens – front and back of the unit – exudes a landed property feel but without the hefty price and financial commitment. Her two Yorkshire terriers also love dashing about in the gardens all day.ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

Watching her dad make a hard living selling char kway teow from 5am to 10pm was part education and part inspiration for finance executive Tan Bin Ru.

Ms Tan, South-east Asia chief executive of fintech firm OneConnect, told The Sunday Times: "He had no Central Provident Fund and every dollar he earned went into (our) education.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 31, 2020, with the headline 'Buying property with an eye on liquidity'. Print Edition | Subscribe