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Short Info

Net Worth11.6 billion USD
Date Of BirthOctober 6, 1923
SpouseHo Poh Lin
FactAlthough he was born in Manchester, he considered himself Chinese and not British.

Robert Kuok Hock Nien is a Malaysian Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the Kuok Group, one of Asia’s largest conglomerates with interests in palm oil, shipping, real estate, hospitality, media, and commodities trading. Forbes magazine estimates his net worth to be US$12.9 billion as of March 2019, making him the richest person in Malaysia and the 30th richest person in the world.

Kuok was born in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, on 6 October 1923, to a poor family of Hokkien descent. His father was a shopkeeper and his mother a housewife. He was the second of nine children. He received his early education at a Chinese vernacular school before moving to Singapore to attend Raffles Institution. In 1941, he was awarded a scholarship to study at Wesley College in Perth, Australia. He interrupted his studies when World War II broke out and returned to Malaysia.

In 1947, Kuok began his business career as a commodities trader in Kuala Lumpur. He later diversified his business interests into shipping, real estate, and other industries. The Kuok Group now has interests in over 50 countries and employs over 100,000 people.

Kuok is a well-known philanthropist and has donated billions of dollars to charitable causes. He is also a major supporter of the arts and has been a patron of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kuok is married to Pauline and they have four children.

General Info

Full NameRobert Kuok
Net Worth11.6 billion USD
Date Of BirthOctober 6, 1923
EducationRaffles Institution, Raffles College


SpouseHo Poh Lin
ChildrenBeau Kuok, Kuok Khoon Ean, Kuok Hui Kwong, Kuok Khoon Wah, Jeffrey Ong Teng Buey, Kuok Khoon Ho, Ruth Kuok
ParentsZheng Ge Ru, Kuok Keng Kang
SiblingsPhilip Kuok, William Kuok

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1He and his Thursday Theatre: Naked Island (1965) co-star Lewis Fiander both died on May 24, 2016.
2He appeared in seven films with Ric Young: The Sinister Man (1961), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), Satan Never Sleeps (1962), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), You Only Live Twice (1967), The Chairman (1969) and Kiss of the Dragon (2001).
3He was dubbed in You Only Live Twice (1967).
4Along with Terry Richards, he is one of only two actors to appear in both of the "James Bond" films released in 1967: Casino Royale (1967) and You Only Live Twice (1967).
5West Hampstead, London, England [December 2010]
6Has acted in both the Doctor Who Franchise and Eon James Bond series.
7He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.
8Although he was born in Manchester, he considered himself Chinese and not British.
9Born in Britain but raised in Shanghai, he is best known as Cato in the Pink Panther movies.
10Member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity




Paul O'Grady Live2010TV SeriesEntwistle
Last of the Summer Wine2002-2010TV SeriesEntwistle
Spirit Warriors2010TV SeriesShen
The Wrong Door2008TV SeriesNinja Master
Honest2008TV SeriesMr. Hong
Here Comes the Queen2008TV Seriesmad scientist Dr Chan (2008)
Doctors2006TV SeriesMr. Chang
Low Winter Sun2006TV MovieMr. Gim Yeung
Silent Witness2006TV SeriesJimmy Han
The Bill2003-2005TV SeriesFather Kwong / George Sim
Judge John Deed2005TV SeriesProfessor Vang Pao
Planet Sketch2005TV Series
Wake of Death2004Tommy Li
Fat Slags2004Dalai Lama
The Great Challenge2004Wong
Stratosphere Girl2004Papa-San
Gate to Heaven2003Muki
Beyond Borders2003Colonel Gao
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior2003Video GameLusha (voice)
Banzai2003TV SeriesNarrator (voice)
EyeToy: Play2003Video GameThe Oracle (voice)
The Wonderland Experience2002Yo Yo
Kiss of the Dragon2001Uncle Tai
Queen of Swords2001TV SeriesMaster Kiyomosa
Banzai2001TV SeriesNarrator
The Lost Empire2001TV Mini-SeriesProfessor Sheng
Animated Epics: Moby Dick2000TV MovieFedallah (voice)
Arabian Nights2000TV Mini-SeriesCaliph Beder
From China with Love1998Min Ju
Peggy Su!1997Dad
She Good Fighter1995Liang
Bullet to Beijing1995TV MovieKim Soo
The Wanderer1994TV SeriesLing Fat
Space Precinct1994TV SeriesSlik Ostrasky
Under the Hammer1994TV SeriesHong Kong Businessman
Lovejoy1992-1993TV SeriesMr Ying / Banker
Son of the Pink Panther1993Cato Fong
Shooting Elizabeth1992Father Chu
Carry on Columbus1992Wang
Leon the Pig Farmer1992Art Collector
Police Story 3: Supercop1992The General (voice, uncredited)
The House of Eliott1991TV SeriesPeter Lo-Ching
Medics1990TV SeriesWan Chung
Air America1990General Lu Soong
I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle1990Fu King
Blue Funnel1990ShortUncle Lau
Race for Glory1989Yoshiro Tanaka
Boon1989TV SeriesVan Der Haan
Thin Air1988TV Mini-SeriesGuang
Noble House1988TV Mini-SeriesPhilip Chen
Empire of the Sun1987Mr. Chen
Howards' Way1987TV SeriesMr. Lee
T-Bag Bounces Back1987TV SeriesHi Hatt
Tickle on the Tum1986-1987TV SeriesWillie Wok
Plenty1985Mr. Aung
Tenko1981-1984TV SeriesMajor Yamauchi Capt. Yamauchi
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesHai Lee
The Brief1984TV SeriesMr. Chen
The Kenny Everett Television Show1983-1984TV SeriesVarious / Card hustler
Hart to Hart1983TV SeriesToshi
Curse of the Pink Panther1983Cato Fong
Jim Davidson's Special1982TV Series
Trail of the Pink Panther1982Cato Fong
The Magnificent One1982TV MovieMr. Ho
There's a Lot of It About1982TV SeriesVarious Characters
Q.E.D.1982TV SeriesDr. Lin
Doctor Who1982TV SeriesLin Futu
Spearhead1981TV SeriesMr. Ho
Shoestring1980TV SeriesMr. Wing
Minder1980TV SeriesSojo
Keep It in the Family1980TV SeriesMaitre d' / Japanese Juror
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu1980Fu Manchu's Servant
Robin's Nest1979TV SeriesBarman
The London Connection1979Man at Meeting (uncredited)
It Ain't Half Hot Mum1977-1978TV SeriesMe Thant
Return of the Saint1978TV SeriesChula
Revenge of the Pink Panther1978Cato Fong
The Tomorrow People1978TV SeriesMatsu Tan
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It1977Chinese Delegate
The Last Remake of Beau Geste1977Father Shapiro
The Velvet Glove1977TV SeriesProfessor Fuiji
Warship1977TV SeriesZee Khay Lim
The Pink Panther Strikes Again1976Cato
Lucky Feller1975-1976TV SeriesChinese waiter / Chinese Waiter
The Melting Pot1975-1976TV Series
Hunter's Walk1976TV SeriesLee Peng
Yes, Honestly1976TV SeriesNing Ning
Whodunnit?1975TV SeriesDr. Ling
Girls Come First1975ShortSashimi (as Bert Kwouk)
Rollerball1975Japanese Doctor
The Return of the Pink Panther1975Cato Fong
Suikoden1973TV SeriesNarrator (UK Version)
The Adventurer1972-1973TV SeriesTaiho / Johnny Morrison
Jason King1972TV SeriesLee Chang
Madame Sin1972Scarred Operator
Shirley's World1971TV SeriesShunji
ITV Playhouse1971TV SeriesThe prisoner
Deep End1970Hot Dog Salesman
The Misfit1970TV SeriesBarman
The Chairman1969Chang Shou
Callan1967-1969TV SeriesTao Tsing / Robert E. Lee
Mogul1966-1969TV SeriesTamira Hitaki / Ban-Di
Koroshi1968TV MovieTanaka
The Saint1965-1968TV SeriesMr. Ching / Col. Wing / Tawau
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IChairman Peng
The Champions1968TV SeriesChinese Major
Nobody Runs Forever1968Pham Chimh
You Only Live Twice1967Spectre 3
Casino Royale1967Chinese General (uncredited)
Secret Agent1965-1967TV SeriesTanaka / Khim / Masan
The Brides of Fu Manchu1966Feng
The Sandwich Man1966Ice Cream Man
BBC Play of the Month1966TV SeriesWu Hsien Ching
Lost Command1966Viet Officer
Bang! Bang! You're Dead!1966Export Analysis Manager
Out of the Unknown1965TV SeriesNovee
The Avengers1961-1965TV SeriesTusamo / Mason / King Tenuphon
Curse of the Fly1965Tai
Thursday Theatre1965TV SeriesYamomoto
Goldfinger1964Mr. Ling
A Shot in the Dark1964Kato
The Sentimental Agent1963TV SeriesChin
55 Days at Peking1963Old Man (voice)
Compact1963TV SeriesChinese Waiter
Suspense1963TV SeriesLieutenant Marato
The Cool Mikado1963Art Teacher / Man on Aeroplane (uncredited)
The River Flows East1962TV SeriesTeng
Man of the World1962TV SeriesLiu
The War Lover1962Air Crewman (uncredited)
Satan Never Sleeps1962Ah Wang
The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre1961TV SeriesCapt. Feng
The Sinister Man1961Capt. Feng
Afternoon in River Walk1961TV MovieChauffeur
Danger Man1961TV SeriesChen Tung / Tai
The Terror of the Tongs1961Mr. Ming
Passport to China1960Jimmy
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-SeriesCaptain Feng
Chasing the Dragon1960TV MovieAh Chen
International Detective1960TV SeriesJimmy Hau
Expresso Bongo1959Soho Youth (uncredited)
Upstairs and Downstairs1959Chinese Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
Yesterday's Enemy1959Japanese Soldier
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness1958Li
Yesterday's Enemy1958TV MovieJapanese Private
More Than Robbery1958TV Series
Windom's Way1957Father Amyan's Aide (uncredited)
Hancock's Half Hour1957TV SeriesFirst Japanese
McCreary Moves In1957TV SeriesChang


T-Bag Bounces Back1987TV Series performer - 1 episode


Kelly2003TV SeriesHimself
Best Ever Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Curious Case of Inspector Clouseau2002TV Special documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside 'You Only Live Twice'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Ken Adam: Designing Bond2000Video documentary shortHimself
Open House2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Harry Hill1997-2000TV SeriesHimself
Harry Hill: First Class Scamp1998Video documentaryHimself
What's a Carry On?1998TV Movie documentaryHimself, at Re-Union (uncredited)
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game1997TV SeriesHimself
An Audience with Bruce Forsyth1997TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Arena1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Scenes with 'Goldfinger'1995Video documentary shortHimself / Mr Ling
Super Gran1985TV SeriesHimself
That's Panthertainment1978TV Special documentaryHimself
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IIDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Bond's Greatest Moments2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Whatever Happened to Harry Hill?2012TV SpecialBurt Kwouk
Sitcom Does...2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
Spirit Warriors: Backstage2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Saint Steps in... to Television2008Video documentaryHimself
The Story of the Costume Drama2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Wanna Watch a Television Series? Chapter Two: Fish out of Water2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Omid Djalili Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
The Unseen Spike Milligan2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Drama Connections2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
30 Years of 'Last of the Summer Wine'2003TV Movie documentaryHimself / Entwistle
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Premium Bond with Mark Gatiss and Matthew Sweet2015TV Movie documentaryMr. Ling
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Clapper Board1980TV Series
Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu1969Feng (uncredited)
The Champions1969TV SeriesChinese Major

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