Me & My Money

Driven to succeed after her father's death

Ms Rachel Chen, head of dollarDEX, says her biggest dream as a 17-year-old girl was to earn enough money to buy nice clothes. She has exceeded that dream, counting properties, unit trusts, exchange-traded funds, stocks and fixed deposits in her inves
Ms Rachel Chen, head of dollarDEX, says her biggest dream as a 17-year-old girl was to earn enough money to buy nice clothes. She has exceeded that dream, counting properties, unit trusts, exchange-traded funds, stocks and fixed deposits in her investment portfolio now.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO

Then in her teens, dollarDEX head learnt to be more self-reliant when family fortunes changed

Teenage life was going swimmingly for Ms Rachel Chen until the death of her father changed her family fortunes and forced her to be far more self-reliant.

Ms Chen, who heads dollarDEX, an online consumer investment platform run by insurer Aviva, recalls how her parents and younger sister were "very comfortable" in their home town of Wuhan in China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'Driven to succeed after her father's death'. Print Edition | Subscribe