Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua, widow of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of the Genting Group, passed away peacefully this morning at age 88.
She is survived by her six children, Puan Seri Lim Siew Lay, Siew Lian, Siew Kim, Tan Sri Kok Thay and Datuk Chee Wah.
The China Press reported that Lee married Lim, who was 10 years her senior, in 1944.
After the casino tycoon’s death in 2007, Lee inherited most of his fortune.
She was reported to own RM2.1 billion in assets, making her one of the richest women in Malaysia. The assets include resort and casino properties in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, UK, USA and the Caribbean.
Lee reportedly shared her wealth with her children and 19 grandchildren.
She has been credited with being a firm supporter of her husband’s pioneering efforts and maverick success in growing Genting from a hilltop gaming resort into a conglomerate with stakes in power generations, plantations, oil, and gas.
The Genting Group is now run by her son, Lim Kok Thay.
Funeral arrangements are to be announced soon.