Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, also known as Vincent Tan.
Hewas born in February, 1952 at Batu Pahat, Johor. He graduated from an Englishsecondary school. He is one of the businessman and investor in Malaysia. Beforehe started to his current business, he has been started up business in trade,silver car industry, insurance agent, housing development and others. He is thefounder of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, a conglomerate listed on the Malaysianstock exchange. It core businesses include consumer marketing and directselling, property investment and development, hotels and resorts, recreationdevelopment and telecommunication and information.
He grew up from a poorfamily and this caused his parents could not even afford for his proper education.After graduate from secondary school, he was planning to further his study inlaw at oversea. However, at that moment, his plan was fail due to his father businesswas on the risk. So he ended up working instead, he worked as a clerk in a bankin case to help his family. He also looks for another job at the same time, hestarted his part-time job as an insurance agent at the American InternationalAssurance Company. Finally he was promoted to Senior Sales Manager within fouryears with his high ability and talent. At that moment, Tan Sri Vincent Tan wasjust 23 years old and this had given the people a force of example.
As an entrepreneur, proactive is avital skill entrepreneur must own. A proactive entrepreneur is aware ofsomething changes, quickly thinking and take action in perfect timing. Theycreate their own environment, future and business. Proactive let him workedhard to find out opportunity to develop his business. Tan Sri Vincent Tan is the first one of Malaysian whobrought in the McDonald’s franchise business into Malaysia in 1980s. Tan Sri Vincent Tan has big turningpoints in his life, which has helped him to be the successful man for today.
His first turning point is when he saw magazine’s article which entitle “HamburgerKingdom”. Tan Sri Vincent Tan was attracted by the idea and he decided topursue his dream of opening a McDonald’s franchise in Malaysia. He sent themsome news report and article about fast food business, economic and informationabout Malaysia every week.
At first his application was rejected, but he doesnot give up easily and continue to apply over and over again, till one day hisapplication was approved. InDecember of 1980, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan successfully grab theopportunity as the master franchise in McDonald. At that time, he hold 51% ofstake and the first McDonald shop is open at Jalan Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Thesuccession of McDonald do not satisfy Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan so hecontinue to expand his business. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan successfullybuy a company name as Berjaya-Kawat with holding 37.8% of stake in 1982.
And atthat time he change the company name from Berjaya Kawat to Berjaya Group. Nowadays,Berjaya Group are diversified in various type of industry. Tan Sri Vincent Tanwas brave to take risk as he knew that if he was fear to give a try impossible hewill be successful one day.
Although maybe you will be fail next time, but you cantake this failure as an experience to read in mind and remind yourself next timeyou won’t be repeat the same failure again. Tan Sri Vincent Tan with an estimated worth of US$1.3billion (RM4.2 billion) entered the Forbesbillionaire list in 2010. Tan’s success in the Malaysian business sector hasbeen proven that nothing is impossible in this land of opportunity even thoughwithout advantage of higher education. Tan Sri Vincent Tan was a person thatcreate miracle in the business.