Ho Ching

The former custodian of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, now on the board of philanthropic arm Temasek Trust, the PM’s wife Ho Ching has special interests in healthcare and social media

Ho Ching is a board member and chairman-designate of Temasek Trust, having joined the non-profit organisation in October 2021 after retiring from her previous post as executive director and CEO of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek Holdings. Ho will be appointed as chairman of Temasek Trust from April 1, 2022, when she takes over from the incumbent, S Dhanabalan, who will remain on the board.  
 
In her 17-year tenure at the helm of Temasek Holdings, Ho more than tripled its portfolio, from SG$90 billion in 2004 to more than SG$300 billion as of early 2021. Temasek Holdings made inroads as a global investor in sectors such as real estate, agribusiness, and technology. While opportunities in Singapore itself made up over half of the firm’s portfolio about 17 years ago, the island nation now accounts for approximately 24 per cent.  
 
Established by Temasek Holdings in 2007, Temasek Trust ensures that all of the Temasek assets earmarked for philanthropy are managed responsibly and sustainably throughout a spectrum of community programmes. Her new role is fitting for Ho, who herself supports various charitable and community-service organisations, with a particular interest in healthcare, special-needs education and the welfare of children.  
 
Trained as an engineer, Ho began her career at the Ministry of Defence. She also worked at Singapore Technologies Group, becoming its president and CEO in 1997 before joining Temasek Holdings in 2002 and becoming CEO two years later. She is also the wife of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 

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