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Kwek Leng Beng was re-elected as executive chairman of City Developments Ltd. in 2007 and has been in key leadership positions for more than 50 years.

Kwek Leng Beng was re-elected as executive chairman of City Developments Ltd. in 2007 and has been in key leadership positions for more than 50 years.

Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

Singapore’s Richest Family Clashes Over China Property Expansion

The unity of the clan behind one of the most influential conglomerates broke when a family member quit CDL’s board

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For decades, Singapore’s Kwek dynasty avoided family drama as it built Hong Leong Group into one of the world’s most influential conglomerates.

But now a rare moment of public discord is fueling concerns that the close-knit clan will become distracted at a critical time for its sprawling empire.