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Member of `Stanford Mafia' Is at Center of Southeast Asia Tech

Pandu Sjahrir, who hails from a prominent coal-mining family in Indonesia, has ties with some of the most valuable Southeast Asian startups.

Employees work in front of computers in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Employees work in front of computers in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

When Elon Musk met Indonesian politicians and business leaders this year to discuss potential deals, one member of the delegation posed for a selfie with the world’s richest person.

“Hopefully, this meeting can bring more high-technology investments to Indonesia,” the burly man with a broad smile wrote as he posted the picture on Instagram.