Sukanto Tanoto, WF’01, PAR’04, PAR’06, PAR’11, Honorary Co-Chair
Founder and Chairman
Sukanto Tanoto, WF’01, PAR’04, PAR’06, PAR’11, is the Founder and Chairman of RGE, and co-Founder of Tanoto Foundation.
Mr. Tanoto started his first business in 1967 as a supplier of spare parts and construction contractor to the oil industry. In 1973, the visionary entrepreneur founded RGE as a plywood business. RGE has since progressed from being a local-only player to become a truly global one. Today, its business groups are at the forefront of industries such as pulp and paper (APRIL and Asia Symbol), palm oil (Asian Agri and Apical), viscose staple fiber (Sateri and Asia Pacific Rayon), specialty cellulose (Bracell), and energy development (Pacific Oil & Gas), with operations spanning Indonesia, China, Brazil, Canada, Spain and sales offices in more countries worldwide.
RGE’s businesses operate on Mr. Tanoto’s 5 C’s philosophy of doing what is good for the Community, Country, Climate and Customer, and only then will it be good for the Company.
Believing that everyone should have the opportunity to realise his or her potential, Sukanto Tanoto and his family started the Tanoto Foundation in 1981. The Foundation seeks to harness the transformative strength of education to help people realise their full potential and to improve lives by focusing on driving impact in three areas: Education, leadership development, as well as medical research and sciences.
Mr. Tanoto is a member of the INSEAD International Council, the Wharton Board of Overseers and various other educational, community and industry bodies. He is a recipient of the Wharton School Dean’s Medal Award, which recognises individuals for their contributions to the enlargement of the global economy and to the improvement of lives worldwide.