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Sukanto Tanoto was born in Medan in 1949. He took his first step as an entrepreneur when he had to take the reins of his family’s spare parts supply and trading business after his father suffered a stroke. With diligence and acumen, Sukanto Tanoto gradually diversified the business, winning contracts in constructing gas pipelines for Indonesian oil and gas company Petamina. Today, Sukanto Tanoto is the Founder & Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tanoto Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to poverty alleviation through education, empowerment, and enhancement.

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