Chairul Tanjung is the founder and Chairman of CT Corp., Indonesia’s leading consumer-focused business group, with core focus on financial services, media, lifestyle, retail, and entertainment. His prominent businesses include: Bank Mega - the largest Visa credit card issuer in Indonesia, Carrefour – the largest hypermarket player in Indonesia, Trans TV and Trans 7 – the two leading free-to-air channels, TransVision – the 2nd largest pay TV provider, Detik.com - #1 online news portal, Metro, Baskin Robbins, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Wendy’s and more than 20 leading high-end fashion brands (including Brioni, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Giorgio Armani); as well as theme parks, shopping malls, and hotels. CT Corp is also the largest private shareholder with more than 25% shareholding of Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s flagship carrier.
Mr. Tanjung is one of Indonesia’s most prominent business leaders and a very well regarded figure in Indonesia. In 2015, he was listed as #5 richest man in Indonesia with a net worth of $4.8B. He established his business during his first year of studying at University of Indonesia, Faculty of Dentistry before pursuing an Executive MBA Program. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the University of Airlangga, Surabaya; the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung; and the MARA University of Technology, Malaysia. He is also a Professor for Entrepreneurship at the University of Airlangga and a Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship at the MARA University of Technology.
Mr. Tanjung is a recipient of numerous accolades, some of which include “Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana” from the Government of Republic of Indonesia (2014), “Man of the Year” from Globe Asia (2011), “Indonesia’s Rising Star” from Forbes (2010), “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Enterprise Asia (2009), “Banker of the Year” from Globe Asia (2008), and “Marketer of the Year” from Indonesian Marketing Association and Markplus (2007) among others.
Mr. Tanjung served as the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second presidential term and prior to that was also Chairman of the National Economic Council.
Mr. Tanjung is also active in various social activities under CT Corp Foundation and other institutions. He is the Chairman of the Indonesia Kidney Foundation and Member of the Advisory Board of Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Advisory Board Member of Singapore Forum, and Honorary Advisor of the Asian Financial Forum among others.