Apart from Tan Sri Robert Kuok Hock Nien, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun is another legendary entrepreneur in Malaysia. He is also the self-made entrepreneur who run the Berjaya Group. To many people his story is amazing because he is able to change from nobody to a billionaire and the start-up is by selling burger. His story is always motivate the young generation and his successful in business had bring a lot of impact to the economic of Malaysia. So, in my opinion, he is also a good learning model to many people. Every empire is start from a small change.
However, the turning point is when he saw a magazine's article which entitle "Hamburger Kingdom". This article is telling about the story of the McDonald, the US fast food chain. Sooner, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan planning to bring this product, McDonald to Malaysia. However, things do not go so easy, the McDonald headquarters had rejected his apply letter. In December of 1980, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan successfully grab the opportunity as the master franchise in McDonald. At that time, he hold 51% of stake and the first McDonald shop is open at Jalan Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
The succession of McDonald do not satisfy Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan but he continue to expand his business. In 1982, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan successfully buy a company name as Berjaya-Kawat with holding 37.8% of stake. And at that time he change to company name from Berjaya Kawat to Berjaya Group. In 1985, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan bought Sports Toto and obtained the license for his lottery business from a non-tendered privatization.