Banyan man

A profile of one of Singapore''s most successful entrepreneurs, the Banyan Tree''s Ho Kwon Ping.

Ho Kwon-Ping must rank as one of Asia’s more colourful characters. There aren’t many people who can claim to have slept illegally on top of an Egyptian pyramid on their 19th birthday. This is a man who started life as a radical left- wing red, only to establish the Banyan Tree spas and resorts as one of the world’s premier luxury brands.

Indeed, while the Singaporean national is now a firm part of the establishment and rubs shoulders with the city state’s elite for example, he sits on the board of Singapore Airlines those very same people jailed him for being a subversive in the 1970s.

Ho recalls that he was...

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