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Monday, August 10, 2009

Sim Wong Hoo - Singapore's Tech whiz, and philanthropist too

Tech whiz, and philanthropist too
Today is Singapore's 44th Birthday and Today has a special Nationadl Day edition celebrating Singapore's 50 years of self-rule with 50 success stories. Mr Sim Wong Hoo is featured in the no. 15 sucess story with a photo of him proudly holding the Zen Micro, this photo should be taken around 2005. Back then he was still looking quite happy as Creative dominates the mp3 player market. Not when Apple iPods began to enter into the mp3 player market... And we all know what happens :(

SINGAPORE has its homegrown version of tech whiz-millionaire Bill Gates in Mr Sim Wong Hoo, founder and chief executive of Creative Technology.

In 1989, his Sound Blaster soundcards set the standard for sound in personal computer software and put made-in-Singapore technology on the world map.

For years now, Mr Sim (picture), 54, has been one of the country’s role
models of entrepreneurship.

And while his 28-year-old listed company has not been doing as well as it used to of late due to competitors like Apple, Mr Sim has not ceased contributing to society.

He was named one of Forbes Asia’s 2008 charity heroes, with donations estimated to be about US$35 million ($50 million) over the past decade.

Notably, in 2007, he set up the Sim-Tan Siok Kee Foundation named after his late mother, with $10 million worth of Creative Tech shares to develop the arts, promote education and help the aged.

via Today


Anonymous said...

apparently sim wong hoo left singapore to start up in silicon valley, because he couldn't get any funding from the sngapore government. he did not have confirmed investors in silicon valley either. but how did he decide to leave for silicon valley, and take the leap of faith?

Jimmyboy88 said...

he has nothing to lose at that time and its also the same time that steve jobs was trying to launch their 1st apple personal computer

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