An entrepreneur, visionary and pioneer of a number of industries in Indonesia, Sukanto Tanoto is the Founder and Chairman of RGE (Royal Golden Eagle), a global group of resources-based companies. He established RGE (formerly known as RGM) in 1973. He set up RGM to enter the plywood business, transforming Indonesia from an exporter of raw materials (logs) to a value-added processor.
From its humble beginnings in Medan, Indonesia, RGE has grown to be a global business that employs 50,000 people, have assets of more than US$15 billion and with manufacturing operations in Indonesia, China and Brazil and sales worldwide. This growth is driven by the leadership of Sukanto Tanoto and his belief that a company can only be successful if it is a responsible corporate citizen. Hence, RGE’s guiding philosophy is based on the Triple Bottom Line approach of People, Planet and Profit, which means RGE operations must be “good for the community, good for the country and good for the company”.