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3 Bs in Michael Bambang Hartono's life: Business, $11.7 billions & (Asiad) bronze

The 78-year-old runs a clove cigarette-manufacturing business.

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Updated: Sep 10, 2018, 11.55 AM IST
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Michael Bambang Hartono, 78, was the oldest participant at the recently-concluded Asian Games. Hartono, who is worth $11.7 billion thanks to a clove cigarette manufacturing business, is a whiz at bridge, and has a bronze medal to prove it.

Hartono and brother Robert are the richest men in Indonesia, with several other investments in banking and e-commerce. The industrialist was instrumental in persuading organisers to include the card game in the regional Olympics for the first time. And now, bridge is set to make a debut at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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About the game, which Hartono was introduced to by his uncle, he said, “Bridge is like business. First you get the data, the information. You analyse the information, and then you make a decision. So business, real life and bridge are the same. Decision-making is the same.”

Hartono has been playing bridge since he was six and he loves the challenge the game has to offer, but he says it’s not his top priority. “Number one priority is, of course, family. Number two is business. And if I have time I play bridge as a hobby. And also another hobby is music,” said Hartono.
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