Lee Hsien Yang

Lee Hsien Yang (Chinese: 李显扬; pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎnyáng; born 24 September 1957)[3] is a Singaporean businessman.

Lee Hsien Yang
Personal details
Lee Hsien Yang

(1957-09-24) 24 September 1957 (age 65)
Colony of Singapore
Political partyProgress Singapore Party[1][2]
Lim Suet Fern
(m. 1981)
Parent(s)Lee Kuan Yew (father)
Kwa Geok Choo (mother)
RelativesLee Hsien Loong (brother)
Lee Wei Ling (sister)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Stanford University
Military service
Branch/serviceSingapore Army
Years of service1976–1994
Lee Hsien Yang
Traditional Chinese李顯揚
Simplified Chinese李显扬


Lee attended Catholic High School[4] and National Junior College[5] before graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge with a double first in engineering science under the President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship[6] awarded by the Public Service Commission.

He subsequently went on to complete a Master of Science degree in management at Stanford University.[6]


Lee served in command and staff positions in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and held the rank of Brigadier-General. After leaving the military, he joined SingTel in April 1994 as the Executive Vice President of Local Services.[7] In May 1995, he became its Chief Executive Officer and held this appointment until March 2007.[6] [8]

In September 2007, Fraser and Neave appointed Lee as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman-Designate with effect from 6 September 2007. Lee assumed the position of Non-Executive Chairman of the Company and Consultant on 15 October 2007.[9] On 1 July 2009, Lee was appointed as the Chairman of the restructured Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)[10] by Singapore's Transport Minister Raymond Lim.[11] On 26 February 2013, it was announced that Lee had stepped down from the board of Fraser and Neave.[12]

Lee has held other positions such as: Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Singapore Exchange; Independent Director of the Islamic Bank of Asia (a subsidiary of DBS Bank) and the Australian & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ); Member of the Governing Board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Member of the Board of Asia Pacific Investment; Chairman of Republic Polytechnic; Member of Rolls-Royce Holdings's international advisory board.[6][13]

Lee once said in 2006 that he has "no great interest to pursue a career in politics."[7]

Lee stepped down as Chairman of CAAS on 1 July 2018.[14]

Political involvementEdit

On 24 June 2020, Lee joined the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) led by the former Member of Parliament (MP) Tan Cheng Bock,[1][2] citing that the People's Action Party (PAP) has lost its way, it is no longer the People's Action Party of its founding principles that Mr Lee Kuan Yew had envisioned.[1][2] The PSP is one of the opposition parties that are running against the incumbent PAP government, which is led by Lee's elder brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Lee decided not to run as a candidate for the 2020 Singaporean general election, stating that "Singapore doesn't need another Lee".[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Lee is the younger son and youngest child of former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew and Kwa Geok Choo. His elder brother, Lee Hsien Loong, is the current Prime Minister. His elder sister, Lee Wei Ling, is a former director of the National Neuroscience Institute.[4]

Lee first met Lim Suet Fern, the daughter of the economist Lim Chong Yah, while he was studying at University of Cambridge, they were married in July 1981.[16] Lim would later become the founder and managing partner of Stamford Law Corporation and a president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).[17] The couple have three sons: Li Shengwu, Li Huanwu, and Li Shaowu.[13] Their eldest son, Li Shengwu, is currently serving as Assistant Professor in Economics at Harvard University. He graduated from Balliol College of the University of Oxford as the top student in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme in 2009,[18] received an MPhil degree in Economics from Oxford in 2011, and received a PhD degree from Stanford University in 2016.[19]

His child Li Huanwu came out as gay in July 2018.[20] Li Huanwu married his partner, Heng Yirui, a vet working for Mandai Wildlife Group,[21] in South Africa on 24 May 2019.[22]

Administrator of Lee Kuan Yew's willEdit

Lee and his sister, Lee Wei Ling, are the joint administrators and executors of Lee Kuan Yew's will. However, they were in a dispute in 2017 with Lee Hsien Loong over their late father's will with regard to the house at 38 Oxley Road. They "felt threatened by Lee Hsien Loong's misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda". They alleged that their brother thwarted the will of their father in order to use the house as a monument to milk his father's legacy. They also criticised the influence of Ho Ching over the government, and alleged that the Prime Minister harboured political ambitions for his son, Li Hongyi.[23] A special parliamentary session was held to clear the Prime Minister of any wrongdoings and the siblings agreed to keep the dispute private after the session.[24][25]

Family tree of Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Bok Boon
Seow Huan Neo
1850–c. 1931
Lee Hoon Leong
Ko Liem Nio
Lee Chin Koon
Chua Jim Neo
Lee Kuan Yew
Kwa Geok Choo
Dennis Lee Kim Yew
Gloria Lee (Woo) Sau Yin[28]Freddy Lee Thiam Yew
Eleanor Ngo Puay Chin[28]Monica Lee Kim Mon
b. 1929 or 1930[30]
George Chan Chor Cheung[28]Dr Lee Suan Yew
b. 1933[31]
Pamela Chong[28]
Wong Ming Yang
Lee Hsien Loong
b. 1952
Ho Ching
b. 1953
Lee Wei Ling
b. 1955
Lee Hsien Yang
b. 1957
Lim Suet Fern
b. 1957
Li Xiuqi
b. 1981
Li Yipeng
b. 1982
Li Hongyi
b. 1987
Li Haoyi
b. 1989
Li Shengwu
b. 1985
Li Huanwu
b. 1986
Li Shaowu
b. 1995


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