Genting chairman KT Lim may be one of Malaysia’s wealthiest individuals, but he still drives his own car, carries his own bag, answers his own phone and periodically travels economy class.
“He’s a very humble guy who doesn’t surround himself with all the trappings of wealth and status,” Veitch said. “Walking around a cruise ship, most of the passengers would never recognize that the owner and chairman was there. He’s just so low key.”Today the 59-year-old Lim’s net worth is estimated at $665 million, making him the 13th wealthiest Malaysian, according to Forbes Asia. His mother ranks No. 3 on the list overall and is the richest woman, with an estimated net worth of $6.6 billion.
While turning around the operations at Norwegian, Lim played a hands-on role in shaping the company’s future. NCL’s now-famous “Freestyle Cruising”. Lim likes to take regular vacations on Norwegian ships with his wife and three children. His favorite pastime: hanging out in the public areas, watching how passengers are using the facilities and listening to what they had to say.
“KT Lim is a bit of a mysterious guy,” said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line. “He travels constantly. He’s always all over the place and working on something. I will run into him places I wouldn’t expect. He will be in and out of this town and I won’t know he has even been here. He’s stealth.”