Tjie Tjin Hoan

(1931-08-24)24 August 1931
Died27 November 2019(2019-11-27) (aged 88)
Other namesXu Zhenhuan
OccupationBusinessman and philanthropist
Spouse(s)Dian Sumeler
Parent(s)Tjie Siem Poe
Lie Eng Nio
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese徐振煥
Simplified Chinese徐振焕

Ciputra or Tjiputra (born Tjie Tjin Hoan, Chinese: 徐振煥;[1] 24 August 1931 – 27 November 2019) was an Indonesian real estate developer and philanthropist. He founded Ciputra Group, one of Indonesia's largest property companies, with three subsidiaries, including Ciputra Development, listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange. Known as one of Indonesia's most generous philanthropists, he established ten schools, the Ciputra University of Entrepreneurship in Surabaya, and the Ciputra Artpreneur Museum in Jakarta.

In 2018, Ciputra was ranked by Forbes as the 27th-richest person in Indonesia, with an estimated net worth of US$1.2 billion.

Early life and education

Tjie Tjin Hoan was born on 24 August 1931 in the town of Parigi in Central Sulawesi, Dutch East Indies. He was the third child of Chinese Indonesian merchants Tjie Sim Poe (徐沈步) and Lie Eng Nio (李英娘).[2][1] After Japan occupied the Dutch East Indies during World War II, Tjie's father was falsely accused of being a Dutch spy and arrested by the Japanese in 1943.[2] Tjie never learned for sure what happened to his father, who was never heard from again[3] and presumed to have died in prison.[2]

Fatherless at age 12, Tjie grew up in poverty, but was able to resume his education after the end of World War II. After finishing high school in Manado, he entered the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology in Java to study architecture. He graduated in 1960.[2]

When he was 25, Tjie Tjin Hoan adopted the mononym Ciputra (also spelled Tjiputra[4]). "Ci" is from his Chinese surname Tjie, while "putra" means "son" in Indonesian.[3]

Other Languages
español: Ciputra
Bahasa Indonesia: Ciputra
Jawa: Ciputra
中文: 徐振焕