Lee Hsien Yang

Lee Hsien Yang (born 24 September 1957)[1] is a Singaporean business executive. Lee is the younger son of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, and the younger brother of the current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was previously a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Lee Hsien Yang
CEO of SingTel
In office
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Fraser and Neave
In office
Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-09-24) 24 September 1957 (age 62)
Spouse(s)Lim Suet Fern
RelationsLee Kuan Yew (Father)
Kwa Geok Choo (Mother)
Lee Hsien Loong (Brother)
Lee Wei Ling (Sister)
ChildrenLi Shengwu (Son)
Li Huanwu (Son)
Li Shaowu (Son)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Stanford University
OccupationBusiness executive
Military service
Allegiance Singapore
Branch/service Singapore Army
Years of service1971–1984
Rank08-RSA-OF06.svg Brigadier-General
Lee Hsien Yang
Traditional Chinese李顯揚
Simplified Chinese李显扬

After leaving the Singapore Armed Forces, Lee became the CEO of SingTel and he left in 2007. In the same year, he became the Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Fraser and Neave and left in 2013. In 2019, he became the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and left in 2018.


Lee was awarded the President's Scholarship and the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship[2] by the Public Service Commission after finishing his secondary education at Catholic High School[3] and pre-university education at National Junior College.[4] He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a double first in engineering science and holds a Master of Science in management from Stanford University.[2]


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.[5] In May 1995, he became its Chief Executive Officer and held this appointment until March 2007.[2] He was replaced by Chua Sock Koong, SingTel's financial chief, on 1 April 2007.[6]

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.[7] On 1 July 2009, Lee was appointed as the Chairman of the restructured Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)[8] by Singapore's Transport Minister Raymond Lim.[9] On 26 February 2013, it was announced that Lee had stepped down from the board of Fraser and Neave.[10]

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.[2][11]

Lee once said in 2006 that he has "no great interest to pursue a career in politics."[5]

Lee stepped down as Chairman of CAAS on 1 July 2018, Mr Edmund Cheng Wai Wing takes over his position.[12]

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.[3]

Lee is married to lawyer Lim Suet Fern, the daughter of economist Lim Chong Yah.[13] She is the founder and managing partner of Stamford Law Corporation and a former president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).[14] The couple have three sons: Li Shengwu, Li Huanwu, and Li Shaowu.[11] 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.,[15] with a MPhil degree in Economics from Oxford in 2011, and a PhD degree from Stanford University in 2016.[16] Li Huanwu came out as gay in July 2018.[17] He married his partner, Heng Yirui, in South Africa on 24 May 2019.[18]


Lee and his sister, Lee Wei Ling, were embroiled 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 the first lady Ho Ching over the government, and alleged that the Prime Minister harboured political ambitions for his son, Li Hongyi.[19] 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.[20][21]


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