Kerry Group chairman Robert Kuok

Kerry Group chairman Robert Kuok

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The world’s 39th-richest person, who named his Shangri-La hotel chain after the fictional utopia in which inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity, is trim, dapper and straight backed at 89. The public and private companies his family controls include investments in Beijing’s tallest building and cooking oil brands that have gained a 50 percent market share in China.