About the Founder
Sukanto Tanoto is the Founder and Chairman of Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), which manages a group of resource-based companies that include Apical. Mr Tanoto started his business as a supplier of engine parts more than 50 years ago, and today RGE employs more than 60,000 people around the world and holds assets of more than US$20 billion.
RGE operates based on Mr Tanoto’s business philosophy of the 5Cs, that a company’s operations should be good for community, good for country, good for climate and good for customer, and only then will it be good for the company.
To achieve the 5Cs, RGE companies such as Apical develop sustainability policies that support the sustainable development goals of the countries and communities where they operate. RGE companies design and implement corporate social responsibility programmes and environmental stewardship initiatives, involving multi-stakeholder partnerships to not only uplift lives and improve livelihoods but also safeguard the environment.
Headquartered in Singapore, RGE has operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada. RGE’s businesses operate in five areas: Pulp and paper (APRIL – Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Ltd and Asia Symbol), palm oil (Asian Agri and Apical), specialty cellulose (Bracell), viscose fibre (Sateri and APR), and energy (Pacific Oil & Gas).
While Mr Tanoto was unable to finish his formal education, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, completing courses at leading business schools, such as INSEAD, Harvard and Wharton. The experience of hardship in his formative early years inspired him as a philanthropist to support the education, life-long learning and leadership journeys of many beneficiaries.
Sukanto Tanoto and his wife Tinah Bingei Tanoto founded Tanoto Foundation in 1981 to support sustainable development and human capital development programmes in the communities and countries in which the Foundation operates. The Foundation aims to improve the quality and access to education by enhancing skills, infrastructure and knowledge. The Foundation also develops future leaders through its scholarship programmes.
Through Tanoto Foundation, Sukanto Tanoto also supports medical research into diseases endemic to Asia, via programmes such as the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Medical Oncology, the support of lymphoma research and the launch of the Stroke Support Station in Singapore. The Foundation also helped with the set-up of the Viral Research and Experimental Research Centre @ SingHealth Duke-NUS (ViREMiCS) in Singapore in 2017 to accelerate the full operational capabilities of the Centre and bring it to its full potential to enable pre-clinical and clinical trials to take place within the shortest time possible.
Mr. Tanoto is a member of the INSEAD International Council, the Wharton Board of Overseers and various other educational, community and industry bodies. He is a recipient of the Wharton School Dean’s Medal Award, which recognises individuals for their contributions to the enlargement of the global economy and to the improvement of lives worldwide.
Sukanto Tanoto: Entrepreneur & Business Leader
In 2017, Sukanto Tanoto celebrated 50 years as an entrepreneur.
Mr Tanoto is also a thought leader in business, and has shared his views on many platforms.