Editors of the Asia Tatler titles scoured the region to find them—the sort of jetsetting, merger-making, brainy beauties that any man (or woman) would fawn over. But between managing funds and running hotels, restaurants and fashion empires, as well as being philanthropists and politicians, these high-flying singletons rarely touch the ground. They are undoubtedly the most swipe-right of city slickers, stars and socialites, but the question is: can anyone pin them down?
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Why her? This Duke University graduate put a degree combining child development psychology with minors in markets and management to good use by founding a kindergarten that integrates different learning approaches.
Natural habitat Art exhibitions, music festivals or anywhere that gets the creative juices flowing.
Did you know? She was a national sprinter at the age of 16, so watch she doesn’t run circles around you.
Why her? Not only is this powerhouse the corporate finance manager of her family firm, YTL Corporation, but she’s also a member of the Global Shapers Community and has even pioneered her own social projects: Nimble Fingers Cambodia and Recyclothes. Multitasker is her nickname.
Natural habitat Indoor cycling—she can be spotted regularly riding the hardest RPM classes.
Why her? From dishwasher to accomplished chef, the owner of Kuala Lumpur’s Bistro à Table and Antara beat the odds and made it in the testosterone-filled industry of gourmet cooking.
Natural habitat Being the boss in the kitchen.
Perks Tables at two of Kuala Lumpur’s premier restaurants and, of course, mouth-watering food.
Why her? Valerie, like dad Eric Ong, is big in property. As a director of the KIP Group, she’s a major force behind its move into the hotel business.
Natural habitat Picking out sunnies from Lapiz, a brand she helped bring to Malaysia.
Perks Given her previous experience at a travel agency, holidays with the hotelier are bound to be world-class.
Why her? This health-conscious hottie branched out from her family’s natural healthcare business, Lo Hong Ka, to launch her own brand, Point Free, which uses traditional ingredients (think bird’s nest, red dates) and packages them for the modern consumer.
Likes Travelling, training and trying new food spots.