Sukanto Tanoto was featured on the cover of the September 2015 issue of GlobeAsia magazine. He was interviewed by the magazine on a variety of topics. They range from his humble beginnings, his next ventures and his business and life philosophy.
The following is an excerpt:
Natural resource-based manufacturing has catapulted Sukanto Tanoto to a position as a major global player in palm oil as well as pulp & paper. Now the 66-year-old Medan-born entrepreneur is focusing his sights on energy and tackling the industry with the same zeal.
Sukanto Tanoto still has big dreams. Over the past 48 years, starting in his native Medan, he has built a global business empire stretching from Asia to Latin America, Europe and North America.
Now 66, he has brought his children into the family business but he has not lost the hunger to grow nor to stop dreaming. Even as he continues to expand his pulp & paper and palm oil operations, he is eyeing new business opportunities.
In a rare interview, he spoke to GlobeAsia at his sprawling $6 billion (Rp80 trillion) production facility in Kerinci, Riau, the jewel in the crown of Royal Golden Eagle (RGE). He has had his controversies and his battles, including a disagreement on his tax liabilities, but they have not slowed him down.
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