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Famous people from Singapore

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Tila Tequila

Dance-pop Artist

Tila Nguyen, better known by her stage names Tila Tequila and Miss Tila, is a Singaporean-born American model and television personality. She is known for her appearances in the men's magazines Stuff, Maxim, Penthouse, her role as host of the Fuse TV show featuring performance striptease, Pants-Off Dance-Off and her position as the most popular artist on MySpace circa April 2006. She was raised in Houston, Texas, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. Her MTV reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila aired for two seasons.

Lee Kuan Yew


Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, is a Singaporean politician. Often referred to as the Father of Singapore or by the initials LKY, he was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, governing for three decades. He is also widely recognised as the founding father of modern Singapore. As the co-founder and first General Secretary of the People's Action Party, he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, and oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965 and its subsequent transformation from a relatively underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a "First World" Asian Tiger. He is one of the most influential political figures in Asia. Singapore's second prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, appointed him Senior Minister in 1990. He held the advisory post of Minister Mentor, created by his son Lee Hsien Loong, when the latter became the nation's third prime minister in August 2004. With his successive ministerial positions spanning over 50 years, Lee is also one of history's longest-serving ministers. On 14 May 2011, Lee and Goh announced their retirement from the cabinet after the 2011 general election.


Classical Artist

Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, known professionally as Vanessa-Mae, is a British violinist. Her music style is self-described as "violin techno-acoustic fusion", as several of her albums prominently feature the techno style with the classical style. A former child prodigy, she became a successful crossover violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest young entertainer in the United Kingdom in 2006. Vanessa-Mae was born in Singapore to Vorapong Vanakorn, an English hotelier of Thai descent, and Pamela Soei Luang Tan, a Chinese lawyer and semi-professional concert pianist. After her parents separated, her mother married Graham Nicholson, a British attorney who adopted Vanessa-Mae, and the family moved to England when Vanessa-Mae was four years old. She grew up in London and holds British citizenship. She began playing piano at the age of three and violin at five. At the age of eight she attended the Francis Holland School in central London, and at eleven, after her concert debut in 1988, she enrolled at the Royal College of Music in London.

Louis Theroux


Louis Sebastian Theroux is an English journalist and broadcaster. He is best known for his documentaries in the television series Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends and When Louis Met..., as well as his Louis Theroux's BBC Two specials. His career started in journalism and bears influences of notable writers in his family, such as his father Paul Theroux and brother Marcel Theroux. He currently works with the BBC, producing his documentaries and popular TV series.

Jackson Rathbone


Monroe Jackson Rathbone V is an American actor and musician. He is perhaps best known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga and for playing Sokka in The Last Airbender.

Lee Hsien Loong


Lee Hsien Loong is the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore, and the eldest son of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. As the Secretary-General of the People's Action Party, Lee became Prime Minister in August 2004, succeeding Goh Chok Tong. He has been a Member of Parliament for Teck Ghee since 1984 and a member of the Cabinet since 1987, and was one of the key leaders in Singapore's political transition in the 1980s and 1990s. Before becoming Prime Minister in 2004 he served as the Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister for Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. Prior to his election to Parliament, he served as an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, quickly rising to the rank of Brigadier-General.

JJ Lin

Mandopop Artist

JJ Lin is a Singaporean Mandopop singer-songwriter, composer, and actor based in Taiwan. JJ Lin was managed by Ocean Butterflies from 2003 to 2011. He is managed by Warner Music Taiwan. Lin won Best New Artist for his work on his debut album Music Voyager at the 15th Golden Melody Awards in 2004.

Fann Wong


Fann Woon Fong, better known by her stage name Fann Wong, is a Singaporean actress, singer and model. At Singapore's Star Awards 1995, Fann became the first actress to win both the Best Actress and Best Newcomer awards in the same year. After gaining regional exposure and popularity in Asia through film and television productions, she became the first Singaporean actress to break into Hollywood, playing Chon Lin in the 2003 film Shanghai Knights. She was also the youngest actress to have earned an All-Time Favourite Award at the Star Awards. In late 2002, Fann became romantically attached to Malaysian actor Christopher Lee, with whom she has collaborated eight times. She married Lee on September 29, 2009. She is known to zealously safeguard her privacy.

Stephanie Sun


Sng Ee Tze, better known as Stefanie Sun, and known to fans as 13姐, is a Taiwan based Singaporean singer-songwriter. She has sold over 30 million copies of her albums during the span of her career thus far. She does the majority of her recording and conducts most of her publicity events in Taiwan, which comprises her largest audience. She also visits China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, U.S.A. and Singapore frequently for promotional rounds.

Terry Butcher


Terry Ian Butcher is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He captained the English national team, winning 77 caps in a ten-year international career that featured three World Cups. He made his name as a defender with Ipswich Town and Rangers in the 1980s and subsequently entered a lengthy managerial and coaching career in England and Scotland with a spell in Australia.

Rui En

TV Personality

Lu Rui En is a Singaporean singer-actress currently based in Singapore. Rui En was talent-spotted after appearing in a SingTel's popular SingTel hi!Card commercial as the iconic "running girl" in 2001. She was offered a general management contract by Artiste Networks, a section of Hype Records. In 2002, Rui En debuted her acting career in Singapore with her first drama, titled No Problem!. Since 2004, she has averaged one to three dramas per year. In late 2002, Rui En launched her music career in Taiwan, titled Rui ∑n vol. 01, under the record company Alfa Music. Rui En released her second album in Singapore under Hype Records, titled United Nations, in late 2008. Notably after 2007, Rui En gained a significant pool of fans, earning her the title of Singapore's 'Most Popular Local TV Actress' in 2010 and the title of Singapore's 'Most Popular Local TV Actor' in 2011. RBKD is her official fan club and according to the group, the name was inspired from the Chinese idiom, 锐不可当, which meant 'Rui En is unstoppable'. In 2011, Rui En picked up her first acting nomination at the Singapore Star Awards 2011. She went on to win the 'Best Actress Award' with her role as a young widow in With You, the highest rated Singapore drama in year 2010. Fondly recognised for her female cop roles, Rui En was awarded the 'Best Actress In Leading Role' at the Asian Television Awards 2012 for her role as a tough cop in popular crime drama Unriddle 2.

Olivia Ong

Easy listening Artist

Olivia Ong is a Singaporean singer and actress. The majority of her works are in English, but she has also recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and Japanese.

Kaylani Lei

Pornographic actor

Ashley Spalding, better known by the pseudonym Kaylani Lei, is an exotic dancer and a porn actress currently working for Wicked Pictures. Outside her adult film work, she was the host of a radio show on KSEX, Me So Horny With Kaylani Lei. Lei has made an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show while he was on national broadcast radio, and makes appearances on Playboy TV. In 2007 she was the co star of the Cinemax series The Erotic Traveler, as Allison Kraft, apprentice erotic photographer. According to the Internet Adult Film Database, she has worked in over 185 films, including Beautiful, The Assignment, Kaylani Unleashed, Space Nuts for Wicked and Naked Lust. In 2010, Lei appeared alongside fellow Wicked Pictures contract star Alektra Blue in the Free Speech Coalition's "All-Star Anti-Piracy PSA" on the topic of internet piracy of adult content. In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #24 in their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time".

Annabel Chong

Pornographic actor

Annabel Chong, was the stage name of Singaporean-born American pornographic film actress who became famous after starring an adult film that was promoted as The World's Biggest Gang Bang. The film was commercially successful and started a trend of "record-breaking" gang bang pornography. Four years later, Chong was the subject of the documentary Sex: The Annabel Chong Story, which she was interviewed about on mainstream media. Academically gifted, she majored in Fine Arts and subsequently qualified in web applications development, before retiring from the adult industry completely in 2003.

Fiona Bruce


Fiona Elizabeth Bruce is a British journalist, newsreader and television presenter. Since joining the BBC in 1989, she has gone on to present many flagship programmes for the corporation including the BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten, Crimewatch, Call My Bluff and, most recently, Antiques Roadshow. From 2003 to 2007, she also anchored her own documentary series, Real Story.

Goh Chok Tong


Goh Chok Tong is a Singaporean politician. A member of the People's Action Party, he became Singapore's second Prime Minister on 28 November 1990, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew, and served in the role until 12 August 2004, when he stepped down and was succeeded by Lee Hsien Loong. He subsequently served as Senior Minister until May 2011, and as Chairman of the Monetary Authority Of Singapore. He continues to serve as a Member of Parliament representing the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency and holds the honorary title of "Emeritus Senior Minister".

Tanya Chua


Tanya Chua is a 3-time Best Female Vocalist Golden Melody Award-winning Singaporean singer-songwriter.

Tony Tan


Tony Tan Keng Yam is the seventh and current President of Singapore. Until 1 July 2011, he was Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. He previously served as Chairman of Singapore's National Research Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. In the late 1980s, Tan was Lee Kuan Yew's first choice to succeed him as Prime Minister of Singapore, but he declined. He later returned to Cabinet and as Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2005, and Minister for Defence from 1995 to 2003. In August 2011, Tan won the Singapore presidential election with a vote percentage of 35.20%, and was sworn in as President on 1 September 2011 and officiated his first National Day Parade as head-of-state, a year later.

Jeanette Aw


Jeanette Aw Ee-Ping, also known by her Chinese stage name Ou Xuan, is a Singaporean television actress and contracted artiste under MediaCorp.

Leslie Charteris


Leslie Charteris, born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, was a British-American author of primarily mystery fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint."

Joseph Prince


Joseph Prince is the senior pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore, one of Asia's biggest churches. He was one of the church's founders in 1983.



Wendy Cheng, better known by her pseudonym Xiaxue is a Singaporean blogger who writes about her life, fashion and local issues in a provocative style. Her main blog, which attracts about 50,000 readers daily, has won prestigious blog awards and earned her sponsorship deals, as well as stints as a columnist and TV show host, but some of her posts have sparked national controversies. She is married to American engineer Mike Sayre and they have one child.

Fandi Ahmad

Soccer Midfielder

Fandi bin Ahmad is a Singaporean football manager and former footballer. He mainly played as a striker, but could also play as a midfielder. He played for Malaysia Cup state sides Singapore FA, Kuala Lumpur FA and Pahang FA, and won titles with all three, including two Doubles in 1992 and 1994, and the Golden Boot in 1988. Fandi also played for Niac Mitra, Groningen, Geylang United and Singapore Armed Forces. With the Singapore national football team, Fandi won 101 caps, scored 55 goals, won three Southeast Asian Games silver medals and was captain from 1993 to 1997. He managed Singapore Armed Forces and Pelita Raya, served as assistant national coach and runs the Fandi Ahmad Academy. As a 1994 winner of the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat, the first Singaporean footballer to play in Europe, the first Singaporean millionaire sportsperson and first Singaporean sportsperson to have a published biography, Fandi has been called a national legend. He has five children with his wife, South African model Wendy Jacobs, and his father is Ahmad Wartam, a former national goalkeeper. As of 2012, he is the manager of Malaysian side Johor DT.

Zoe Tay


Zoe Tay Hui Gek, also known as Zheng Huiyu, is a Singaporean former model, actress, and contracted artiste under the studio MediaCorp. She is known in the Singaporean media as the "Queen of Caldecott Hill" and the "Thousand-Faced Lady".

Vivian Balakrishnan


Vivian Balakrishnan, FRCS, is the Singapore Minister for Environment and Water Resources and a member of the governing People's Action Party. He has previously held appointments in the Singapore Cabinet as the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and as the Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Trade and Industry. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency. Balakrishnan studied medicine at the National University of Singapore on a President's Scholarship. He later pursued postgraduate education in ophthalmology and was admitted as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was appointed as an associate professor at the National University of Singapore and became the medical director of Singapore National Eye Centre. He was also the chief executive of Singapore General Hospital. Prior to the commencement of his political career, he served as the commanding officer of second Combat Support Hospital of the Singapore Armed Forces. His team was elected uncontested during his first and second candidacy for the Parliament at Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC respectively. In the 2011 general election held on 7 May, his team won against the Singapore Democratic Party candidates.

Ruth Langsford


Ruth Langsford is an English television presenter best known for co-presenting the ITV lifestyle programme This Morning alongside her husband Eamonn Holmes. She has also appeared as a regular panellist on the lunchtime chat show Loose Women between 1999 and 2000 and has since returned occasionally to guest anchor the show. In addition to her television work, Ruth is heavily involved in a number of charities. She is an ambassador of Alzheimer's Society and a patron of Dogs Trust.

Adam Khoo


Adam Khoo Yean Ann is a Singaporean serial entrepreneur, national best-selling author, trainer and hedge fund manager. Khoo made national news headlines when he became a self-made millionaire at the age of 26, making him one of the youngest millionaires in Singapore. Khoo is the Executive Chairman and Chief Master Trainer of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group, one of Asia’s largest private educational institutions, which runs educational seminars for over 80,000 people annually in 7 countries. His business interests include advertising, corporate training, learning centres and fund management. He is the hedge fund manager of the Wealth Academy FX Growth Fund, an offshore hedge fund that generates annualized returns of over 60%. In 2008, Khoo was ranked among the top 25 richest Singaporeans under age 40 by The Executive magazine. In the same year, he was conferred the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award. As a peak performance expert, Khoo has spoken to over 500,000 people and been engaged by over 260 companies. Khoo is the director of seven other private companies. He was also a director of the Singapore Health Promotion Board from 2009 to 2010. He is a member of the Singapore Chapter of the Young President's Organization, whose membership is available only to business owners below age 50, who run businesses with a minimum annual turnover of US$9 million.



Kit Chan is a Singaporean singer and actress. Born in Singapore, Chan is the third daughter in a family of four sisters. Chan speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and French. On 8 December 2012, Chan married her long-time boyfriend, whom she met in 2000.

Julia Nickson-Soul


Julia Nickson-Soul is an American actress. She first came to the attention of audiences in the United States in the Sylvester Stallone film, Rambo: First Blood Part II. More recently, she appeared in the 2004 film Ethan Mao and in the 2008 independent film Half-Life.

Kong Hee


Kong Hee is the founder, honorary and volunteer senior pastor of City Harvest Church in Singapore. He is married to Sun Ho, an aspiring pop music singer. Kong is a Christian in the Charismatic Movement, with a philosophy of ministry that emphasizes the Great Commandment, Great Commission, and Cultural Mandate. City Harvest Church has an average of 23,256 attendees as of December 2010. It also has 47 affiliate "Harvest" churches. There are 29 affiliate churches and 6 Bible schools in Asia, namely, in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. Another 18 affiliate churches in the East and West Malaysia are under the Malaysian Harvest Fellowship which Kong Hee has co-founded. Kong has also co-founded an education center, a performing arts school, a publishing house, a missions agency, a ministerial fellowship and a magazine. Kong is a "motivational speaker" and was the director of a fashion apparel business, Skin Couture, which he ran with his wife. On 26 June 2012, Kong Hee and 4 other senior members of the City Harvest Church were arrested by Singaporean police in connection with misuse of about $50 million in church funds.

Ho Yeow Sun


Ho Yeow Sun, better known as Sun Ho, is a Singaporean pop music singer. She studied at Anglican High School and Victoria Junior College. Sun started her Mandarin pop singing career in 2002 and subsequently worked with producers and performers such as Wyclef Jean, Diane Warren, The Underdogs, David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager. Ho is one of the co-founders of City Harvest Church and its community services and is married to Kong Hee. She resumed her role as the Executive Director of the church after two suspension orders against her were lifted in May 2013 by the Commissioner of Charities.

Chen Liping


Chen Liping is a Singaporean actress.

Aaron Aziz


Aaron Mustapha Aziz is a Singaporean actor. Commonly known as Aaron Aziz, he is largely known in Singapore and Malaysia.

Tay Ping Hui

TV Personality

Tay Ping Hui is a Singaporean actor best known for acting in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. He has also made appearances in the films Summer Holidays and Infernal Affairs II.

Fiona Xie


Fiona Xie Wanyu is a Singaporean actress, host, and contracted artiste under MediaCorp. She works on both the English-language Channel 5 and Chinese-language Channel 8. She has also endorsed products such as Marigold's fruit juices and OSIM's massage devices.

George Yeo


George Yeo Yong-Boon is a former Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party, he served in the Cabinet from 1991 to 2011 as the Minister for Information and the Arts, Minister for Health, Minister for Trade and Industry and Minister for Foreign Affairs. However he lost his seat in Parliament at the 2011 general election when the PAP's team in the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency was defeated by the team from the Workers' Party, following which he announced that he was retiring from politics. Prior to entering Parliament, Yeo was a Brigadier-General in the Republic of Singapore Air Force. He served as the Chief of Staff of the RSAF from 1985 to 1986, and as the Director of Joint Operations and Planning at the Ministry of Defence from 1986 to 1988.

Dick Lee


Richard "Dick" Lee Peng Boon is a Singaporean pop singer, composer, songwriter, and playwright. He is best known as a Singapore Idol judge, but often too as spokesperson for the New Asian generation. He was born to a Peranakan father, Lee Kip Lee, and a Chinese mother, Elizabeth Tan. He was the eldest child in the family of five, with three brothers and a deceased sister. He received his early education at St. Michael's School and his secondary education at St. Joseph's Institution. In 1992, he married jazz singer Jacintha Abisheganaden and divorced a few years later. He is a Roman Catholic.

Jack Neo


Jack Neo, PBM, is a Singaporean film and television actor, host and director. He is best known for his cross-dressing roles, as Liang Popo in the 1999 film Liang Po Po: The Movie and as Liang Ximei in the late 1990s television comedy show Comedy Night.

Joanne Peh

TV Personality

Joanne Peh, also known as Bai Weixiu, is a Singaporean actress and contracted artiste under MediaCorp. She won her second Best Actress at the 2012 Star Awards, a feat only matched by fellow MediaCorp actress Chen Liping.

S. R. Nathan


Sellapan Ramanathan, DUT is a Singaporean politician who was the sixth President of the Republic of Singapore. Usually referred to as S. R. Nathan, he was first sworn in on 1 September 1999. In 1999 and 2005, he was elected President in uncontested elections. In 2009, he surpassed Benjamin Sheares to become Singapore's longest-serving President. His 12-year term ended on 31 August 2011. Since then, he has been the nation's only living former President.

Michael Yani

Tennis Player

Michael Yani is a Singaporean-American tennis player. He turned professional in 2003. Yani is 6 ft 1 in and 75 kg. He resides in Durham, North Carolina. He went to high school at Saint Andrews in Boca Raton, Florida. His high singles ranking to date is World No. 143, which he reached March 1, 2010. Yani qualified for the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and 2009 U.S. Open, but lost both times in the first round in straight sets. At the 2010 French Open, he lost a tight match in the first round against Lukáš Lacko, with the score at 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 7–6, 12–10.

Elvin Ng


Elvin Ng Chinese: 黄俊雄; pinyin: Huáng Jùnxíong is a Singaporean actor and model with Mediacorp.

DJ Rap

Drum and bass Artist

Charissa Saverio is a British drum and bass, house music and progressive electronic music producer and DJ better known by her stage name DJ Rap.

Felicia Chin


Felicia Chin Foon Ling, also known by her Chinese stage name Chen Jingxuan, is a Singapore actress and contracted artiste under MediaCorp.

Noh Alam Shah

Soccer Forward

Mohamed Noh Alam Shah is a professional football player from Singapore. He currently plays for Tampines Rovers in the S-League. Once regarded as one of the best forwards in South East Asia, Alam Shah was a member of the Singapore national football team when it won the ASEAN Football Championship in 2005 and 2007. At the 2007 competition, he was the top individual scorer and was named the 'Most Valuable Player' of the tournament. He is overall top goalscorer in ASEAN Football Championship history, with 17 goal. At club level, he was a member of the Tampines Rovers team which won Singapore's S.League in 2004 and 2005. Alam Shah is also well known for his barbaric volatile temper, which got him into trouble on a number of occasions. An incident of violent conduct when he knocked another player unconscious while playing for Tampines Rovers in the 2007 Singapore Cup final led to Alam Shah being given a 12-month ban from playing club-level football. The ban was later reduced to 7 months on appeal. On 11 September 2009 he scored a hat-trick against Sengkang Punggol FC in his last match for Tampines Rovers before joining Arema Malang.



Sasha Selvaraj, better known by her stage name Ranjini is a popular South Indian actress who was active in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. She debuted in Tamil cinema and acted in all South Indian languages, doing some memorable characters in Malayalam cinema. She acted opposite top actors like Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi and Jayaram among others.

Corrinne May


Corrinne May is a Singaporean musician, singer, and songwriter. She has released five record albums the latest being Crooked Lines in 2012.

Gwendoline Yeo

Voice actor

Gwendoline See-Hian Yeo is a Singaporean-born American actress, and musician.

Ong Teng Cheong


Ong Teng Cheong, GCMG, was the fifth President of Singapore and the first directly elected. He served a six-year term from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999.

Teo Chee Hean


Teo Chee Hean is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party, he is currently the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service. He has previously served as the Minister for Defence, Minister for Education and Minister for the Environment. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1992. Prior to entering politics, Teo was a Rear-Admiral in the Republic of Singapore Navy, and served as Singapore's Chief of Navy from 1991-92.

Ann Kok

TV Personality

Ann Kok is a Chinese Singaporean television actress and singer.

Huang Biren


Wee Pat Ling, better known as Huang Biren, is a Singaporean actress best known for appearing in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp's Channel 8. She left MediaCorp on 30 June 2008, but continues to take on television projects on an ad hoc basis.

Li Nanxing


Jonathan Lee Nam Chey, better known as Li Nanxing, is a Singaporean actor and contracted artiste under MediaCorp. He is best known for acting in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. Li is also a Film Director and Film Producer. Li is perhaps one of Singapore's most prolific veteran actors, and is widely regarded as the 'king' of Caldecott Hill, alongside Zoe Tay who is known as 'queen' and Chew Chor Meng, who is known as the 'leader', the three of them are having consistently been voted as the 'Top 10 Most Popular Artistes' for their respective genders in the annual Star Awards. Li has also won several Best Actor awards and was nominated every single year from 1997 to 2004.

Prabal Gurung

Fashion Designer

Prabal Gurung is a Nepalese American fashion designer. In 2013 he acquired US citizenship.

Wee Kim Wee


Wee Kim Wee, GCB, was the fourth President of Singapore. He served from 2 September 1985 to 1 September 1993.

Ho Ching

Organization leader

Ho Ching is the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings and the wife of the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. She is a Chinese Singaporean of Cantonese background.

Gurmit Singh


Gurmit Ottawan Singh is a popular Singaporean actor, host and comedy performer. He is best known for his role in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, and is one of the leading artistes in MediaCorp.

Mark Lee


Mark Lee Kok Huang is a Singaporean Chinese comedian, actor, television host and film director. A veteran MediaCorp artiste, he made his big break in television in 1998 and has gone on to star in and host many local award-winning TV serials and shows.

Ramon Tikaram


Ramon Pramod Junior Tikaram is a British stage and screen actor of Indo-Fijian and Malaysian descent.

Wong Li-Lin


Wong Li Lin, better known by her stage name Li-Lin, is a Singaporean actress and host. She made her television debut in 1994, and has acted in dramas such as Masters of the Sea and Rising Expectations. She became a household name for her lead role as Inspector Elaine Tay in MediaCorp's Channel 5 cop drama Triple Nine from 1995 to 1997. After a brief hiatus from acting in 1999, she returned in 2001 and started acting frequently in Channel 8 dramas such as Love Me, Love Me Not, The Challenge and The Reunion. She was also one of the four judges of the reality TV series "The Dance Floor". In 2008, Li-Lin starred in the Singapore romance film The Leap Years alongside Ananda Everingham, and was nominated for Best Performer in the Singapore Film Awards 2009. The movie was directed by Jean Yeo. Li-Lin was educated at Haig Girls’ School and Temasek Secondary School, before winning a scholarship to study ballet at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she became Head Girl. During her time off from showbiz, she subsequently obtained her Master’s degree in Anthropology at University of Surrey, where she wrote her dissertation on Falun Gong, and graduated in 2001. Li-Lin is well known for her straightforward personality. Her passion for dance, movement and fitness led to pioneering Singapore’s Pilates movement, and to founding several local dance centers.

Khoo Teck Puat


Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat was a banker and hotel owner, who, with an estimated fortune of S$4.3 billion, was the wealthiest man in Singapore at one point. He owned the Goodwood Group of boutique hotels in London and Singapore and was the largest single shareholder of the British bank Standard Chartered. The bulk of his fortune came from shares in Standard Chartered, which he bought up in the 1980s to help thwart Lloyds Bank's proposed acquisition which many financiers deemed hostile. The Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore, built in 1900, is a restored historic landmark. He was ranked as the 108th richest person in the world by the business magazine Forbes in 2004. Khoo's estate has donated S$80 million to Duke University.

David Marshall


David Saul Marshall was a politician and lawyer from Singapore who served as Singapore's first Chief Minister from 1955 to 1956. He was the founder of Workers' Party of Singapore, one of the two dominant parties in Singapore. He served as president of the party, which was the highest post before the creation of secretary-general. He was also instrumental in the negotiations leading up to the independence of Malaya.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam


Tharman Shanmugaratnam is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party, he is the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance. He is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He previously served as the Minister for Education from 2003 to 2008. He has been a Member of Parliament representing the Jurong Group Representation Constituency since 2001. In March 2011, Tharman was appointed the Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the policy steering committee of the International Monetary Fund. He was also admitted to the Group of Thirty in June 2008.

Jason Durr


Jason Durr is an English actor of theatre, television and film. He is best recognized for his role as PC/DC Mike Bradley in the Yorkshire-based police drama series Heartbeat.

Low Thia Khiang


Low Thia Khiang is a Singaporean politician and businessman. He is currently the leader of the Workers' Party and the de facto leader of the opposition in Singapore's Parliament. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1991, representing the Single Member Constituency of Hougang from 1991 to 2011, and the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency since 2011. He is currently the MP responsible for the Bedok Reservoir–Punggol Division within Aljunied GRC. Low is currently one of seven elected opposition MPs in Singapore's 12th Parliament.

Ibrahim of Johor

Chivalric Order Member

Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar Al-Masyhur ibni Abu Bakar or Sultan Ibrahim II, GCMG, GBE, was the 22nd Sultan of Johor, in Malaysia. He was known as one of the richest men in the world during his reign. An Anglophile, Sultan Ibrahim continued the policy of friendly relations with the crown of the United Kingdom, often manipulating his friendship with the reigning kings of Britain to thwart the expansionist ambitions of the British Colonial Office. He became highly unpopular later due to him being known as an Anglophile and opposed to Malayan independence. This led him to spend most of his time away from his state, travelling to Europe, particularly Britain.

Michelle Chong

Film Director

Michelle Chong is a Singaporean host, actress and film director. She has appeared in both English-language and Chinese-language television dramas and programmes aired by MediaCorp. She is known for her roles in the comedy-satire shows The Noose and Black Rose.

Liang Wern Fook


Dr Liang Wern Fook is a Singaporean writer, musician, and researcher in Chinese literature and pedagogy. He was one of the pioneer figures in the xinyao movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

Shahril Ishak

Soccer Midfielder

Mohammad Shahril bin Ishak is a Singaporean football player who plays for the Singapore-based LIONSXII in the Malaysian Super League. Shahril is also the captain of the LionsXII and Singapore national football team. Awarded the AFF Suzuki Cup MVP, he led Singapore to become the first nation to win four titles in the tournament's history. He is a natural centre midfielder who can also play as a striker or winger.

Sylvia Lim


Sylvia Lim Swee Lian is a Singaporean politician, lawyer and academic. She is currently the Chairperson of the opposition Workers' Party and an elected Member of Parliament representing Aljunied Group Representation Constituency. She is in charge of Serangoon division. Lim previously served in the Singapore Police Force and taught as a law lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic. She is currently a senior associate in Peter Low LLC.

Edmund Chen


Edmund Chen is a Chinese Singaporean film actor, singer, television actor and host.

Indra Sahdan Daud

Soccer Forward

Indra Sahdan bin Daud is a professional footballer who is currently playing for Home United FC as a striker.

Felicia Tang

Film Actor

Felicia Tang Lee was an American model known for her work with Playboy TV, calendars, internet site, and import car shows.

Peter Senior


Peter Albert Charles Senior is an Australian professional golfer who has won more than twenty tournaments around the world. Senior has competed mainly on the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he has had the most success and won the Order of Merit on four occasions, and the European Tour. He has also played occasionally on the Japan Golf Tour and the United States based PGA Tour. Senior has represented Australia in international competitions several times, and was a member of the International Team at the first two stagings of the Presidents Cup.

Lee, Peter


Peter Lee Shih Shiong is a Singaporean music producer and composer.

Chua Lam


Chua Lam is a columnist, food critic and occasional television host in Hong Kong and Japan. He was also a movie producer for the Hong Kong movie studio Golden Harvest.

Baihakki Khaizan


Baihakki Khaizan is a centre-back for LionsXII in the Malaysia Super League and former captain for Young Lions.

M. Nasir

Rhythm and blues Artist

Mohamad Nasir Mohamad or M. Nasir, is a Singaporean-Malaysian poet, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, actor and film director.

Pierre Png


Pierre Theodore Png Tiang Huat, better known as Pierre Png or Fang Zhanfa, is a Singaporean actor and comedian of Peranakan descent. He is contracted to MediaCorp and is known for starring in dramas on Channel 5 and Channel 8. Early in his career he was known for playing Phua Chu Beng, brother of Gurmit Singh's character in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. He is also known for his role in the 2008 year-end blockbuster period drama The Little Nyonya.

Mavis Hee


Mavis Hee, born Xu Meifeng, and also known as Xu Meijing, is a Singaporean singer-songwriter and actress. She was the second runner-up and also Miss Photogenic and Miss Amity for Singapore's Miss Chinatown Pageant 1992.

Rebecca Lim


Rebecca Lim is a Singaporean actress who has acted in several English and Chinese dramas produced by MediaCorp. She is best known for her portrayal of Wendy Lim, a trainee lawyer in the Channel 5 television series The Pupil, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the 15th Asian Television Awards in 2010. She was the 4th runner-up in the Miss Singapore Universe 2005 pageant, as well as the recipient of the Miss Photogenic Award.


Pop Artist

Stella is the stage name of Stella Huang, born December 17, 1980, as Stella Ng, a singer-actress and former model who has become a pop star in much of the Chinese-speaking world, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Stella was educated at Crescent Girls' School, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, and the National University of Singapore. Though born in Singapore, in recent years, she has primarily resided and worked in Taiwan. Apart from her duties as a recording artist, she also acts for a variety of television serials in Taiwan and Singapore. Some of her serials have included a lead role as Sam in MediaCorp's Beautiful Trio with award-winning veteran actresses Huang Biren and Ivy Lee, and a role in the China action film Kung Fu Girls, where she also performed the theme song of the soundtrack to the film. She starred as the lead character in the 2002 television series Marmalade Boy, for which she also sang the theme song, "溫室的花 Wēnshì de Huā". In 2005, Stella decided to take a break from showbiz. She set up a specialty cake shop in Taipei under the Awfully Chocolate franchise, investing S$200,000 into the business with a partner.

Mohamed Azmin Ali


Mohamed Azmin bin Ali is a Malaysian politician and the Member of Parliament for the Gombak as well as assemblyman for Bukit Antarabangsa in the Selangor State Assembly. He is the deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

John Willie

Visual Artist

John Alexander Scott Coutts, better known as John Willie, was a pioneering fetish photographer, illustrator, comic strip cartoonist and bondage artist. He is best known for his comic strip Sweet Gwendoline.

Pan Lingling


Pan Lingling is a Singaporean actress.

Yvonne Lim


Yvonne Lim is a Singaporean actress who has starred in many Chinese-language television dramas on MediaCorp Channel 8 since 1997. She also recorded and released a solo Mandarin album in the year 2000. In 2002, she also teamed up with Hong Kong television station ATV in a 30-part courtroom drama Innocently Guilty, also starring Anita Yuen, Kent Cheng and Felix Wong.

Chew Chor Meng


Chew Chor Meng, also known as Zhou Chuming, is a Singaporean television actor. Since 1990, he has been working with MediaCorp on the Chinese-language Channel 8 as a contracted artiste.

Kishore Mahbubani


Kishore Mahbubani is a notable academic and former Singaporean diplomat. He is currently Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. From 1971 to 2004 he served in the Singaporean Foreign Services, becoming Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In that role he served as President of the United Nations Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002.

Bryan Wong

TV Actor

Bryan Wong is a Singaporean MediaCorp TV actor and television host. He is also known as one of the Hosting Kings of MediaCorp and frequently co-hosts with Kym Ng.

Salmah Ismail


Puan Sri Datin Amar Salmah binti Ismail, AMN better known as Saloma was a Singaporean-Malaysian film actress and singer. She was the third wife of the film actor, director, singer, and songwriter, Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

Ng Eng Hen


Dr. Ng Eng Hen is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party, he is the country's Minister for Defence. He also serves as the Leader of the House in the Parliament of Singapore. He previously served as the Minister for Manpower from 2004 to 2008, and Minister for Education from 2008 to 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament representing the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency since 2001.

Brad Cooper


Bradford Paul Cooper was an Australian freestyle and backstroke swimmer of the 1970s, who won a gold medal in the 400 m freestyle at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. In that race he originally finished second by the smallest margin ever to decide an Olympic swimming final, but was later awarded the gold medal after the victor, American Rick DeMont, an asthmatic, was disqualified for taking the banned stimulant ephedrine. The second of three brothers, Cooper moved with his family to Rockhampton, Queensland at the age of five. There, his father was the manager of a cinema centre and the family also water skied on weekends. The Cooper brothers all learned to swim early and joined the Rockhampton Swimming Club, but it was Brad who shone from the start, winning his first Central Queensland medals at age seven. After his parents divorced when he was twelve, Cooper lived with his father while his brothers stayed their mother. For the next three years his father inexplicably entered an unsettled phase, during which time he and Brad lived in a dozen men's boarding houses and hostels in Brisbane and Sydney. This disrupted his education and coaching: he would attend no less than fifteen schools and train under ten different coaches,including - for a few weeks - John Konrads, himself a prolific world-record breaking swimmer and Olympic gold medallist. In 1970, at age 15, at the national open championships, Cooper came second in both the 100 m and 200 m backstroke, putting him brielfy in contention for that year's Commonwealth Games team.

Allan Massie


Allan Johnstone Massie CBE is a Scottish journalist, columnist, sports writer and novelist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has lived in the Scottish Borders for the last 25 years, and now lives in Selkirk. He has just published The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain.

Chin Han


Ng Chin Han, usually credited as just Chin Han, is a Singaporean actor of stage, film, and television whose career has spanned more than 20 years. He gained widespread acclaim while starring in Masters of the Sea, Singapore television's first foray into English-language drama. Chin Han broke into the Hollywood movie industry in recent years with 3 Needles. He also appeared in The Dark Knight as Lau, and in Roland Emmerich's 2009 film 2012 as Tenzin. Chin Han appeared in the film Restless as Dr. Lee in 2011, followed by a turn in Steven Soderbergh's movie Contagion as epidemiologist Sun Feng. In 2012 he guest starred in the Fringe episode "Making Angels" as Neil, and later played Chinese envoy Zheng Min in the final four episodes of ABC's Last Resort.

Joi Chua


Joi Chua or Joi Tsai is a Singaporean female singer signed under Play Music. Joi was educated at Raffles Girls' Primary School, Clementi Town Secondary School, and Singapore Polytechnic in Optometry. She debuted in 1996 in Extraordinary Singers Course organized by Ocean Butterflies Production Company, switching to Play Music in 2004. Joi picked up the merit award under the cultural achievement category of The Outstanding Young Person Award for 2006. In addition to being a singing superstar, she was the ambassador for the Singapore Speak Mandarin Campaign 2005 and was involved in concerts over 12 different primary and secondary schools to promote the campaign. She had been commissioned by MediaCorp to sing the Channel 8 NKF Drama Series theme song and the ending theme song. She lent her voice for the Chinese theme song of ‘Uniquely You' for Singapore Tourism Board and was also the agency's ambassador to promote Singapore as a choice destination to both locals and foreigners. Joi also performed for the National Day parade 2005 & 2008 and also to sold-out large scale music Craze Concert in 2005. She was also invited as finale performer for Chingay Parade 2012, which is telecast to more than a hundred million audience around the world.

Wong Kan Seng


Wong Kan Seng is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party, he served as the country's Deputy Prime Minister from 2005 to 2011. He also held the Cabinet portfolios of Minister for Community Development, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Home Affairs and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency.

Kelly Poon

Mandopop Artist

Kelly Poon Kar Lai is a Singaporean singer who emerged from one of the Chinese singing competition held in Singapore, Project SuperStar.

Chan Chun Sing


Chan Chun Sing is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party, he is currently the Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence. He has been a Member of Parliament representing the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since the 2011 general election. Prior to entering politics, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he rose to the rank of Major-General and served as Singapore's Chief of Army from 2010 to 2011.

Tony Anholt


Anthony "Tony" Anholt was a British actor best known for his role as Charles Frere in the successful BBC drama series Howards' Way. Other appearances include Gerry Anderson's Space: 1999 playing the role of Security Chief Tony Verdeschi in the second season and The Protectors as Paul Bouchet. He also made a guest appearance in the Only Fools and Horses episode To Hull and Back as Boycie's business partner Abdul. Born in Singapore, his family moved to Australia before the end of World War II, then to South Africa for a brief time, and eventually settled in the United Kingdom where he was educated at Cranleigh School. His father had been taken prisoner by the Japanese, was forced to work on the Burma railway and died when his son was three. His mother remarried five years later. He married and divorced twice. The first, in 1964, to Sheila Willet, with whom he had a son, actor Christien Anholt. Anholt met Sheila when he was teaching Latin in a Surrey prep school and she was teaching infants. They divorced in 1986. His second marriage was to actress Tracey Childs, his co-star in Howards' Way. She became his second wife in 1990 but they divorced eight years later.