FAMILY ties are important for Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who took over the helm of Genting Group following the death of his father and company founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong in 2007.
At the recent handing-over ceremony in Germany of Genting Hong Kong’s latest cruise ship — Genting Dream — the 65-year-old abruptly interrupted a photo session and announced:
“Can we have Loui and Jan here as well? I would like to make this a more family affair.”
He was referring to his youngest son, Lim Keong Loui, and Jan Meyer, son of Meyer Werft managing director Bernard Meyer.
The US$960 million (RM4 billion) vessel was built by the Meyer Werft shipyard.
When met after the ceremony, 28-year-old Loui acknowledged he has learned a lot from his father, and regards him an inspiration and role model.
“I am following in his footsteps as he also followed in the footsteps of his father. Me and my brothers are the next generation to bring this business and grow it across Asia,” he said.
A graduate in architecture, he and eldest brother Keong Hui, 32, are involved in the cruise business while the other brother — Keong Han, who studied travel and tourism — is involved in the theme park business.
Loui, who often follows his father on business trips around the world, admitted that settling down and starting a family is not on the cards yet.
“Not at the moment. We are all very focused on taking part in the family business,” he added.