Forbes: Thailand’s Richest

Tourism, IPOs Boost Fortunes Of Thailand’s Richest – Forbes, July 3, 2013
…Previously listed under Raksriaksorn, Vichai switched his last name when the monarchy bestowed upon him the honorific Srivaddhanaprabha, which means “light of progressive glory.” An apt description given his past year, but many others also are basking in the glow…

Thailand’s Richest Newcomer Is A Retailer Who Made His Fortune In Nation’s Poorest Area – Forbes, July 3, 2013
…Siam Global’s hangar-size stores, of which he has 23 so far, cater to small contractors and do-it-yourselfers, who are using their increased purchasing power to upgrade their living quarters. Their shopping trips have pushed up sales and generated investor interest. Siam Cement , Thailand’s largest conglomerate by market cap, bought a third of Siam Global last year; Witoon pocketed $190 million. Its shares rose 129% in the past year and are up more than eightfold since its 2009 listing, enough to make him the year’s richest newcomer, with a net worth of $700 million…

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