Meet the Leader of Southeast Asia’s Most Popular Ride-Hailing Service
Dialed In: Since co-founding Grab in 2012, Tan has been the CEO of the small, ambitious, and well-funded—to the tune of $700 million—Southeast Asian ride-hailing company.
Driving Dynasty: Tan’s great-grandfather worked as a taxi driver, and his grandfather built a Malaysian automotive empire by importing Japanese cars. (His father now runs the business.) “Autos are in my blood,” Tan says.
Trusted Navigator: Grab co-founder Hooi Ling Tan is no mere passenger when it comes to company strategy, Tan says. “We genuinely trust each other to the core.”
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Full Throttle: Last fall Grab partnered with Didi Chuxing of China, Ola of India, and Lyft of the U.S. to form a global alliance. Serving one another’s customers isn’t the only benefit, Tan says. “You learn a lot from each other.”
Gear Shift: Tan believes self-driving cars are part of the future, but “it’s not going to be a cookie-cutter model,” he says. The most eager adopters? Dense commuter cities.
A version of this article appears in the August 1, 2016 issue of Fortune with the headline “Person of Interest: Anthony Tan / Grab.”