Hary Tanoesoedibjo
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Indonesia
2019

Media Nusantara Citra

Hary
Tanoesoedibjo

CEO

A self-made billionaire and nationalist strongman, Tanoesoedibjo (aka “Hary Tanoe” or “HT”) took his fixation with friend Donald Trump  to a new level in 2019, buying the president’s Beverly Hills mansion for $13.5 million — after building two Indonesian hotels that Trump Org would run and hosting the 2013 Miss World, among other parallels. Tanoe formed the right-wing Partai Perindo — Indonesian Unity Party — to support his political ambitions. Officially, he resigned as CEO of MNC Media, Indonesia’s largest broadcaster, in 2017, but he remains more than a figurehead. Content negotiations with Disney’s Hotstar sent his shares up 37 percent in the first half of 2019, suggesting the Canadian-educated former mutual-funds executive is successfully tapping into the vast potential of Indonesia’s middle class.

Career

  • Media Nusantara Citra
  • PT Bhakti Investments
  • JKT48

Education

  • Carleton University (Canada)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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