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Three Singapore women leaders recognised on Forbes 50 Over 50: Asia 2024 list

Forbes said that the women on the third annual unranked list hail from 14 countries and territories, and over two dozen sectors of work.

Helen Wong, managing partner at AC Ventures, in a brick orange blazer and pearls, illustrating a story on Forbes 50 Over 50 list.
Helen Wong, managing partner at AC Ventures, has been inducted into the Forbes 50 Over 50: Asia list. (PHOTO: AC Ventures)

SINGAPORE — Three Singapore women are featured in Forbes' 50 Over 50: Asia 2024 list that was released by Forbes on Wednesday (17 January).

The annual list, which recognises women who are exerting their influence on fashion, pharma, finance and beyond, features 50 inspirational women across Asia-Pacific who are "proving that the years after 50 are the new golden age", said Forbes.

Women on the third annual unranked list hail from 14 countries and territories and more than two dozen sectors of work.

The oldest Singapore woman on the list is 80-year-old sculptor Han Sai Por. The artist, Forbes said, has become a pivotal figure in Singapore's art scene.

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Han's stone sculptures adorn global locations, from Changi Airport to Australia's Parliament House. Her contributions to culture and education were recognised with a Singapore Cultural Medallion in 1995 and in the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.

Also on the list is Leong Wai Leng, the 67-year-old chair of Singapore Power Limited. She was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Temasek Holdings and later, of Temasek International's Singapore projects. Leong also held senior roles in Singapore Health, NTUC Enterprise Co-operative and Raffles Holdings.

The youngest of the three featured Singapore women is Helen Wong, who has spent more than two decades identifying successful entrepreneurs and opportunities in the tech industry and China's startup scene. At age 50, Wong joined AC Ventures in Singapore as a managing partner after working for prominent Chinese VC firms Qiming Ventures and GGV Capital.

"She is credited with leading investments into some of China's most dynamic internet companies, including China's Mobike and Tudou/Youku," Forbes said.

"With AC, she spotted Indonesia's fintech platform Akulaku, a unicorn that recently obtained $200 million in funding from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group."

19 Southeast Asian women

Actor Christine Hakim in a black coat looking straight at the camera.
Actor Christine Hakim is one of three Indonesians on Forbes' 50 Over 50: Asia 2024 list that was released on Wednesday (17 January 2024). (PHOTO: Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie) (Fred Hayes via Getty Images)

There are a total of 19 Southeast Asian women on the 2024 list.

Malaysia and Indonesia each have three women on the list, while the Philippines leads with five. Thailand has four names and Vietnam one.

Film director Tunku Mona Riza, 57; prominent lawyer and human rights advocate Ambiga Sreenevasan, 67; and executive director of the APEC Secretariat Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, 65, represent Malaysia.

The grand dame of Indonesian cinema, actor Christine Hakim, 67, leads the country's charge on the list that also includes BINHouse founder-designer Josephine Komara, 68, and Dian Siswarini, 55, the President Director-CEO of telecommunications firm XL Axiata.

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