10 Past Tatler Ball Awardees That Led By Example
Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
As Malaysia's longest serving premier, Tun Mahathir is known as the father of modernisation, having promoted economic development and advancing the nation. He continues to be an influential leader in the political scene and regularly shares his views through his blog Chedet. In 2005, Malaysia Tatler recognised his contributions to the country with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Tengku Zatashah & Aubry Mennesson
10 years on from their royal union, the fairy tale romance between the dashing ‘commoner’ and the charismatic princess has been told too many times but this well-loved couple has solidified their love over a shared passion for life, values, hard work, and above all, a respect for each other’s culture and birthright. Because of this, Malaysia Tatler named Tengku Zatashah & Aubry Mennesson our Couple of the Year in 2012.
This entrepreneur is the group chief eating officer of The BIG Group. Last year he made the critical decision to divest of Bens Independent Grocer in order to focus on growing his F&B empire, as he enjoys dreaming up new concepts with his wife to dazzle Malaysian diners. For his impact on the local food scene, he was awarded the Entrepreneur Par Excellence in 2011.
With her easygoing nature, this stylish lady leaves a positive impression at every party she attends. Her keen fashion sense saw her pick up our Most Stylish Woman in 2014. Also the executive director of Kimgres Marketing, Sen enjoys travelling abroad with her girlfriends.
Dato' Seri Farah Khan
This fashion maven and founder of The Melium Group has done our country a service by placing homegrown designs in the international spotlight. Her eponymous label recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, plus she was involved in the launch of Kuala Lumpur’s first Lanvin Menswear store in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. In 2009, we gave Dato' Seri Farah Khan with a special "20 Years At The Top" award for her achievements.
Dr Hartini Zainuddin
This social justice warrior has a wider breadth of generosity than your average Jane. As an activist invested in causes for children, she co-founded Yayasan Chow Kit and Voice of the Children, which both aim to find solutions to better the lives of children on a national and international scale. For her work advocating better lives to the youth in need, we recognised her efforts with a woman of compassion award in 2011.
Claire Lee Bloy
A staple at any fashionable party that is worth noting, Claire Lee Bloy is known to be family-focused. For her chic fashion sense, she was awarded as the Most Stylish Woman in 2010. Her desire to make the most out of life for her loved ones, including husband Nicholas Bloy and two children, remains her biggest drive. She is also blessed with a kind heart, organising charity fundraisers to help those in need.
Datuk Lai Voon Hon
The group managing director of Ireka Corporation always leads the game with new ideas – most of which have materialised into hip properties such as Aloft KL Sentral Hotel, as well as prestigious awards. The company’s latest inspiration takes the form of a bespoke project called the RuMa Hotel and Residence, which is set to open soon. 14 years ago, Malaysia Tatler recognised the efforts of the then rising star with a special award.
Tan Sri G Gnanalingam
A veteran business leader widely known for his successes at Westports Malaysia, Tan Sri G Gnanalingam likes to compare running the productive port to a united football team. He was awarded Outstanding CEO of Malaysia by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club, has graced the Forbes list many a time and in 2007 was recognised by Malaysia Tatler for continuing to be at the top of his game.
No stranger to the social activist scene, Zainah Anwar is a respected figure and a founding member of Sisters in Islam. She has been recognised by the French government for her work in women’s rights, has a regular column in The Star and continues to champion the causes she believes in. Her valiant efforts as a social activist were celebrated by Malaysia Tatler in 2008.