PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMMUN/HOPSCOTCH STUDIO / WORDS BY ZECH PHARAMOND
ART DIRECTION BY JOYCE LIM / MAKE-UP BY WAN NING & RACHEL WONG / HAIR BY ANGELINE LOW & RACHEL WONG

 

He’s the jack of all trades, and from the looks of this gorgeous Mercedes-AMG GT S, the master of quite a few.

It’s all too easy to wave off his silken pockets as being lined by the same tailor who cut his daddy’s tuxedos. But Lee is a selfmade man, and his daddy didn’t own a tuxedo.

His business interests are many, including property investments, web development for apps and mobile payment solutions. His most recent venture is exporting all the best Musang King durians he can get his hands on.

It’s a portfolio that financiers might call “diversified”.

His first car was a Proton Gen2, before upgrading to a slightly more curvaceous Mazda RX-8. After that came a Mercedes-Benz CLK 250, a Porsche Boxster, a BMW M5, a Ferrari F430 and a 458.

I ask him why the new AMG GT S.

“It’s very easy to drive and is a great daily car. It’s comfortable and powerful and very polished,” he answers without hesitation.

And what’s an ideal car when you want to let off a little steam? “For performance and sheer power, you can’t beat the 458,” he says with a knowing look.

But I also want to know what’s made this 32-year-old as successful as he’s become.

“I’m a fan of Jack Ma. Who isn’t, right? As an e-commerce entrepreneur, he’s changed the daily habits of billions of people. He’s improved their
lives and that’s the kind of goal I build my life around.

“Firstly, you have to believe in yourself, and know what your calling is. For me, I hated the 9-to-5 grind. I wanted my own time and flexibility. So being my own boss was the only way.

“Secondly, you can’t give up no matter what. You can’t say it’s too hard and I want something easier. You must believe in yourself. Nothing good ever came out of something easy.”

 

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