FROM HIS hometown of Penang to Singapore to Hong Kong.
Dato' Cheah Cheng Hye has worked as a journalist in all three places before discovering his forte and passion as an investor and fund manager.
And what a track record he has achieved managing money. He has been dubbed the Warren Buffet of the east.
As his reputation and the firm's grew, so did the assets under management of Value Partners Group, the company he co-founded. The AUM crossed US$10 billion last November and stepped up to US$10.5 billion by end-Feb 2014, making Value Partners one of the largest asset management companies in Asia.
All that in 21 years, during which Value Partners rode through at least 7 regional and global financial crises. Pictures courtesy of Value Partners
The journey had begun in 1993 when Dato' Cheah co-founded Value Partners with Mr Yeh V-Nee, managing US$5 million of their savings and that of some friends and former clients.
Value Partners (current market cap: HK$8.8 billion) invests in the Greater China region via absolute return long-biased funds, long-short hedge funds, exchange-traded funds, quantitative funds, as well as fixed income products for institutional and individual clients in the Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.
Last month (March), Dato' Cheah was toasted at his 60th birthday celebration in Hong Kong where he lives -- and where he is well-regarded as chairman and co-chief investment officer of Value Partners.
Cheah Cheng Hye
* 1954: Born in Penang.
CHEAH CHENG HYE, 'Warren Buffett Of The East'