A prolific entrepreneur since a young age, Bryan Loo is the man behind Tealive, one of the fastest-growing F&B companies in Malaysia, as well as heading its holding company

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Bryan Loo, one of the most successful entrepreneurs to emerge in Malaysia in recent times, is best known for disrupting an F&B industry dominated by cafés and coffee connoisseurs by creating the bubble-tea craze. The founder of Malaysian bubble tea brand Tealive has led the company’s exponential growth in less than five years, with more than 600 stores dotting Malaysia, and a presence across seven global markets including Australia, UK, Vietnam and the Philippines.

A one-time biochemist aspirant, Loo eventually leaned towards entrepreneurship and bought the Malaysian franchise for Chatime, which is owned by La Kaffa, a Taiwanese bubble tea giant. With the overnight success of Chatime and a fast-growing fanbase, the brand expanded quickly with new stores at all major spots in the Klang Valley.

In 2017, the entrepreneur launched his own brand, Tealive and focused on quickly expanding the brand throughout Malaysia and the region.

In line with his goal of making Tealive the leading and first publicly listed tea brand in Southeast Asia, with a long-term vision of turning it into a global brand, Loo recently formed a strategic partnership with private-equity firm Creador to help accelerate its regional expansion, aiming to open 1,000 stores by 2023.

A father of three, Loo is married to his high-school sweetheart Sally Quah, whom he has been with since he was 13 years old.

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Loo showed early signs of being an entrepreneur when, at the age of seven, he charged his classmates 50 cents to read his comic books during recess, earning nearly US$300 before his eighth birthday. 

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