Loh Kean Yew makes it to the 'Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia' list

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Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew gives the thumbs-up after he defeated Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab at the Thomas Cup finals in Bangkok.
Loh Kean Yew of Singapore celebrates defeating Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand at the Thomas Cup finals in Bangkok. (PHOTO: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Following his remarkable triumph at the Badminton World Championships last December, Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew has made it to the prestigious "Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia" list.

The list, which is into its seventh edition, honours young entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazers across the Asia-Pacific region, all under the age of 30. There are 300 honourees in each edition, split into 10 categories.

Loh, 24, is the only Singaporean athlete honouree in the "Entertainment and Sports" category, which features sports stars such as China's Winter Olympics gold medallist Eileen Gu, South Korea's world No.1 women's golfer Ko Jin Young, and Japan's National Basketball Association player Yuta Watanabe.

Entertainment artistes who made the list include Squid Game star Jung Ho-yeon, K-pop girl band Aespa and Malaysian rapper SYA.

In Loh's profile write-up for the list, Forbes wrote, "Loh Kean Yew became the first Singaporean to be crowned badminton world champion after winning the singles title at the 2021 BWF World Championship in December. His fairytale run included beating world No. 1 and Olympic champion, Viktor Axelsen, whose training camp he had attended a few months prior.

"Born in Malaysia, Loh took Singapore citizenship and was the country's flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony. He is currently No. 10 in BWF world rankings."

Loh has had an encouraging start to this year, following his historic world championships triumph in Huelva, Spain.

In January, he was runner-up at the India Open in Delhi, before helping the Singapore national men's team qualify for the prestigious Thomas Cup finals for only the third time in history.

At last week's SEA Games in Hanoi, Loh claimed his second consecutive men's singles silver medal, falling to Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsam in the final.

The 2022 list features honourees from 22 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region. They were selected from over 4,000 nominations, a record number for the Asia list, researched by Forbes journalists from across the region and vetted by industry veterans.

Besides Entertainment and Sports, the other categories are: The Arts (Art and Style, Food and Drink); Finance and Venture Capital; Media, Marketing and Advertising; Retail and E-commerce; Enterprise Technology; Industry, Manufacturing and Energy; Healthcare and Science; Social Impact; and Consumer Technology.

The criteria for honourees making the list include their demonstration of leadership, how they embody the entrepreneurial spirit, and their potential of success in their industry.

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