Goh Chok Tong (Singapore)

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Goh Chok Tong became prime minister of Singapore in Nov. 1990. Heading the People’s Action Party, he succeeded Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. He remained in office until Aug. 2004 when he was succeeded by Lee Kuan Yew’s elder son, Lee Hsien Loong.

Early Life

Goh Chok Tong was born in Singapore on 20 May 1941. He was educated at the Raffels Institution in Singapore and studied economics at the University of Singapore from 1961–64. He continued his studies at Williams College in the USA. He is married to Tan Choo Leng, with whom he has two children.

Goh Chok Tong was an administrative officer in the Singapore Administrative Service and entered parliament in 1976. Between 1969 and 1977 he worked for the Neptune Orient Lines, ending as managing director. He was appointed senior minister of state for finance in 1977. Between 1979 and 1990 he variously held the portfolios for trade and industry, health and defence, and in 1985 he was first deputy prime minister....

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