31 Dec '11, 10pm

Indonesian tycoon and international alumnus donates $30 million to NUS

Indonesian tycoon and international alumnus donates $30 million to NUS

Mr Tahir, despite being named by Forbes Indonesia as the country's 15th-richest man, insists on not focusing on his wealth, preferring to talk about his philosophy of philanthropy. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO By Tan Dawn Wei, Sunday Times News Editor It is the largest gift the National University of Singapore (NUS) has received from an international alumnus, but Indonesian tycoon Tahir is reluctant to talk about the $30 million he has just pledged. The 59-year-old chairman and chief executive of Indonesian conglomerate Mayapada Group, and one of the country's wealthiest men, prefers to talk about his philosophy of philanthropy. 'There are lots of people richer than me,' he said, with a wave of his hand. Background story What price philanthropy? 'Corporate raiders like Soros who take countries down and leave their people without jobs, then become philanthropic - would you call...

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