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Loh Kean Yew among 34 entries representing Singapore in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia lists

The 24-year-old badminton player is among known names like Jung Hoyeon and Aespa in the Forbes’ list for Entertainment & Sports.

Shannon Kuan

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Published: 26 May 2022, 4:17 PM

Singaporean badminton player, Loh Kean Yew, is recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list for Entertainment & Sports this year.

The 24-year-old is among the 30 recognised talented individuals under the age of 30 in Asia who have made significant contributions and achievements either on court or on screen.

Loh Kean Yew stands alongside other notable names such as South-Korean actress Jung Hoyeon who appeared in Netflix’s Squid Game, K-pop girl group Aespa, and singer-songwriter Clinton Kane.


Loh Kean Yew is the first Singaporean to be crowned badminton world champion after winning the singles title at the BWF World Championship in Dec 2021. PHOTO CREDIT: SPORT SINGAPORE/LIM WEI XIANG


Loh Kean Yew’s successful run includes defeating world No. 1 and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen from Denmark. He is currently ranked tenth in the Badminton World Federation world rankings.

Another Singaporean talent recognised in Forbes’ list for Entertainment & Sports is rapper Yung Raja, 26, who gained attention from the global audience after his song Mami was featured in a segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Apart from the Entertainment & Sports category, there are nine other Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia categories, including Media, Marketing & Advertising, Social Impact, Healthcare & Science and more.

Online content creator Annette Lee, 29, also made it to the list for the Media, Marketing & Advertising category. She currently has 135k Instagram followers and 192.9k TikTok followers.

From singing to acting, Annette’s versatility helped her achieve the title of one of TikTok’s most viral creators in Singapore.

Another notable honouree is 27-year-old Ng Ming Wei. He is also in the Media, Marketing & Advertising category. Ming Wei has surpassed 22 million followers on TikTok and garners millions of views on each of his videos.


Ming Wei is known for his viral TikTok videos involving his father where they often prank each other. PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@MINGWEIROCKS


Ming Wei was one of Singapore’s top Taekwondo athletes, but had turned to content creation when the COVID-19 pandemic rendered him unable to compete. He is now the founder of digital media marketing agency Boom Digital Media.

This year sees 47 individuals in 34 entries representing Singapore – the highest number of entries from the country since the list’s inception. Singapore is the second-most represented country after India, and is ahead of other countries such as Japan, Australia, Indonesia and China.

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