Let’s get one thing straight: Kane Lim is anything but a diva. The larger-than-life tastemaker is fun and effusive on set, bouncing from clothing racks to check out the fashion pulled for the shoot, to the hair and make-up station to gab with the make-up artist about the look of the day, all the while talking at a mile a minute.
But behind his carefree exterior, Lim is also into more serious pursuits, as we find out. For one, he is a serious real estate developer (he recently joined The Oppenheim Group—you know, the one on Selling Sunset); for another, he is a prolific investor. Among his recent investments are Teja Ventures, the first gender lens venture capital fund for emerging Asia, focusing on early stage technology companies for women, according to its LinkedIn. He also an early investor in Burgreens and Green Rebel, a Jakarta-based startup with organic plant-based eatery chains and a focus on plant-based ‘meat’ production, and, closer to home, he’s also put in money into the Happy Fish Swim School, which provides upscale swim classes catered for kids and adults alike.
Of course, he’s also the breakout star Netflix’s Bling Empire—whose second season is soon to be released—known for his fabulous collection of Christian Louboutin shoes as he is for his outré pronouncements, which are always fun to watch on screen and listen to in person. Here, he speaks to his dear friend, jeweller Vihari Poddar about dealing with (more) fame, an upcoming collaboration with new mum-to-be Rihanna and Fenty Beauty, and what to look forward to (and not) in the new season of Bling Empire.
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Vihari Poddar (VP): Okay, do you remember how we met?
Kane Lim (KL): Actually, I don’t, I’m sorry. [laughs]
VP: When’s the last time, or when’s the time you remember?
KL: I have really bad memory after the show. Maybe... I know I’ve known you for a decade, at least a decade.
VP: It was my birthday. Hint, hint.
KL: I don’t remember when...
VP: One°15 Marina. Hint, hint. [laughs]
KL: I still don’t remember! [laughs]
VP: I will now show you a photo from 2008...
KL: Don’t blackmail me with my picture!
VP: ...for you to remember. No, I think we met we met at a club, you know.
KL: Boy, I don’t go out. [laughs]
VP: Then how did we meet? We met through somebody.
KL: Well, there was no Tinder at that time.
VP: No, we didn’t meet through Tinder.
KL: No, I think I’ve known you for like, 10 years. At least 10 years.
VP: The last that I remember of you was when we were at my birthday party, and he came to One°15 Marina, and you were... 18?
KL: I try to forget, whatever. Because I grew up overweight. So I kind of forget those memories.
VP: No, you were so cute!
KL: No, don’t show [those pictures]. Don’t blackmail me. It’s worth a lot of money.
VP: Oh, yeah! When I run out of my kids’ college fund, I will whip that card out from my stash: ‘Oh, look! What’s this?’
VP: I will sell it for it a million dollars! Or maybe it will be worth more then, so we’ll wait and see. [laughs] So tell me what have you been up to in the past year or so?
KL: We’ve been shooting season two of Bling Empire, and it’s been six over months as the number one unscripted show of all time for Netflix. And, you know, we’re number one, I think, [or at least in the] top 50 in like, 50 countries. So Netflix was super happy, and they decided to pick it up again, and it’s just been shooting, shooting, shooting content. That’s what I’ve been up to—and back [in Singapore] for Chinese New Year.