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The Founder

TEO, Ah Khing


• Teo A. Khing Design Consultants
• Imasa Dinasti Stn Bhd
• Desert Star Holdings
• China Horse Club
• Inner Mongolia Yitai Desert Star Horse Industries

Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard, USA
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), UNSW, Australia


Malaysian-born Teo Ah Khing is an acclaimed architect, entrepreneur, businessman and racehorse owner and breeder. In a glittering career the Harvard University Graduate has demonstrated an ability to both see and then capitalize on business opportunities across a myriad of different industries.

In the last 25 years he has founded and continues to chair a portfolio of companies, under the titles of TAK Group of Companies and CHC Group of Companies, that have gone on to demonstrate international excellence in their respective fields. However, it is master planning and developing nation building projects that Teo remains most recognized for during tenures as Senior Advisor to Heads of State including:

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed
    (during his first term as Prime Minister of Malaysia);
  • The Right Honourable President Pervez Musharraf
    (then President of Pakistan);
  • His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
    (Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai).

His latest endeavour is DSH Caribbean Star Limited, a subsidiary of Desert Star Holdings Limited and an organization that brings together all of his expertise across varied fields to master plan, develop and project manage Saint Lucia’s high-profile Pearl of the Caribbean Integrated Development.

Teo is currently a Chairman of the Shanghai Entrepreneur Association and remains a passionate philanthropist. Since its inception in 1993, the TAK Group of Companies has dedicated more than USD50 million to recognizable charities around the world as well as to the promotion of tertiary educational opportunities through its foundation.