Lee Shin Cheng was bornon 3 June 1939 in Jeram, Malaysia, Malaysia. Lee Shin Cheng is #344 in List Billionaires People In The World. Lee Shin Cheng's IOI Corp. is the world leader in oleochemicals and one of the largest palm-oil-plantation companies in Malaysia. Elder son, Yeow Chor, is chief executive while younger son, Yeow Seng, leads the group's property arm, IOI Properties, which has a large footprint in China. Other children, all daughters, also work for his companies. Lee grew up on a rubber plantation where his father ran a Chinese food shop. At age 11 he left school in order to support his family and sold ice cream on a bicycle for 4 years before returning to finish high school.
In 2008, he recalled the happiest day of his life in an interview with the New Straits Times, saying, "My happiest day was in 1989 when I bought Dunlop Estate from Multi-Purpose Holdings Bhd
In February 2002, he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree in agriculture by Universiti Putra Malaysia in recognition of his contributions to the palm oil industry
Lee was bestowed FIABCI Malaysia Property Man of the Year 2001 award
Since 1998, Lee has provided scholarships and educational grants to outstanding young students via Yayasan Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Shin Cheng
This was because during the late 1960s, I had applied for a job at Dunlop Estate but they did not employ me because I was not adequately qualified
Lee is Malaysia's 3rd richest and the world's 234th richest person