Written by Dr. Victor S.L. Tan, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow is known for many things, his entrepreneurship, his altruism, his keen business acumen, and to some, his wealth - but he is more likely to be remembered as the man who steered Public Bank from a ‘new-kidon- the-block’ to one of the biggest banking institutions in Malaysia. Truly effective leaders are hard to find, especially someone like Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow. His life is a classic rags-to-riches story. He was born into a poor migrant family and his early years were marked by poverty. However, instead of complaining and staying within such limitations, he took up the challenge to overcome various hurdles to become one of the richest men in Malaysia today.