Me & My Money

Humble roots paved way for success

Mr Ricky Tan, executive chairman and chief executive of KinderWorld International Group, has never been one to shy away from a good investment. In 2000, people discouraged him from venturing into Vietnam, saying China was a better bet. But he saw an
Mr Ricky Tan, executive chairman and chief executive of KinderWorld International Group, has never been one to shy away from a good investment. In 2000, people discouraged him from venturing into Vietnam, saying China was a better bet. But he saw an opportunity, grabbed it, and succeeded. His group now operates 15 schools across Vietnam.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

KinderWorld chief Ricky Tan had to give up his studies, but he now runs schools across the region

Few people know the value of education more than entrepreneur Ricky Tan, who had to juggle school and helping his family to make ends meet.

And when he qualified to start his university education, that dream of getting a degree had to be put on hold after his father died and he had to give up his studies to help support the family.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 02, 2019, with the headline 'Humble roots paved way for success'. Print Edition | Subscribe