Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam
Tan at a press conference announcing his intention to contest the 2011 Singaporean presidential election in June 2011.




Singapore, British Empire


February 7, 1940

7th President of Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Preceded by S. R. Nathan

Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam (born 7 February 1940) is the seventh and current President of Singapore. Until 1 July 2011, he was Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH). He previously served as Chairman of Singapore's National Research Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. National Research Foundation (Singapore), Board, GIC Board of Directors, SPH Annual Report, 2009. In the late 1980s, Tan was Lee Kuan Yew's first choice to succeed him as Prime Minister of Singapore, but he declined. Stuart Drummond, “Malaysia and Singapore: The Looming Succession”, World Today, vol 47, no 3 (Mar. 1991); “Lee Steps Down But Holds Reins”, Herald Sun, 27 November 1990. He later returned to Cabinet and as Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2005, and Minister for Defence from 1995 to 2003.

In August 2011, Tan won the Singapore presidential election with a vote percentage of 35.20% (winning by a 0.34% margin over the second-placed candidate), and was sworn in as President on 1 September 2011.

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