10) Lim Goh Tong

Though he’s since passed away, one cannot deny the influence he had on Malaysia, by transforming Genting Highlands into the success it is today. He was truly a visionary, considering how he was able to turn a unventured area into a booming casino resort.

Though he was fortunate enough to study, the sudden passing of his father when he was 16 meant he had to leave school to find work and financially support his family. It is truly an inspiration when you realize he achieved so much through sheer dedication and hard work.

9) Tan Chin Nam

Without Dato’ Tan Chin Nam, Mid Valley Megamall wouldn’t have come about. That’s just one of his many notable contributions to the local economy.  

Beyond Malaysia, he was involved in the restoration of buildings in Australia – namely Queen Victoria Building and Capitol Theatre in Sydney. Not bad at all for someone who dropped out of high school.