Tan Sri G Gnanalingam – Putting Malaysian world-class ports in the global scene


The 13th richest man in Malaysia in 2021 is Tan Sri Datuk G Gnanalingam. Unknown to many, he is the man responsible for forming Westports Malaysia, one of the top ports in the world today. A leader in the logistics industry, Tan Sri Gnanalingam worked his way up to make Westports what it is today which is among the leaders in the global cargo industry.

Where is Tan Sri Gnanlingam from?

Tan Sri Gnanalingam is of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage and enjoyed very significant success prior to what he is doing today. In Westports, he adopted the ‘flexi-port and fast port’ concept which changed the logistics industry altogether. He was once employed by British American Tobacco when he advocated the idea of bringing live World Cup matches to Malaysian TV in the 80s. Apart from that, Tan Sri Gnanalingam owns some shares in Pelikan, one of the top producers of pencils and stationeries in the region.

Tan Sri Gnagalingam’s net worth

$1.8 billion (2021) – 13th in Malaysia’s richest list

Source Of Wealth

Tan Sri Gnanalingam has enjoyed his wealth through his shares in Westports. Meanwhile, he owns shares in Pelikan which contributes to his wealth as well.

Kuala Lumpur
Marital Status
His wife is Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam who heads the Soroptimist International Southwest Pacific.
He has 3 children. Ruben recently joined Westports in a managerial role while his other 2 children are following in his footsteps as well.
Tan Sri Gnagalingam graduated from University Malaya and the Royal Military College of Canada.

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