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A commitment to philanthropy

Tony Chew and Jimmy Koh represent a generation of entrepreneurs who believe that giving back is an obligation.

ONE characteristic that defines the winners of the SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Awards is a strong commitment to philanthropy. Having made their mark in the business and professional worlds, many now feel that it is time to give back to the broader community.

The range of philanthropic efforts is as different as the businesses that are represented on the winners' list, but whether it is the establishment of high-profile foundations or quieter giving to lesser-known or more private causes, the desire to help is clear.

Tony Chew, the executive chairman of Asia Resource Corporation, and Jimmy Koh, founder and managing director of Antara Koh provide two examples of giving.

Mr Chew, who...

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