Tony Tan

7th President of the Republic of Singapore
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tan.

Tony Tan Keng Yam (simplified Chinese: 陈庆炎; traditional Chinese: 陳慶炎; pinyin: Chén Qìngyán; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Khèng-iām, born 7 February 1940, in Singapore) is the seventh President of Singapore from 2011 through 2017. Until 1 July 2011, he was executive director and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH). He previously was Chairman of Singapore's National Research Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council.[1] In the late 1980s, he was Lee Kuan Yew's first choice to succeed him as Prime Minister of Singapore, but he declined.[2] He later returned to Cabinet and as Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2005, and Minister for Defence from 1995 to 2003.

Tony Tan Keng Yam
Tan at a press conference announcing his intention to contest the 2011 Singaporean presidential election in June 2011.
7th President of Singapore
In office
1 September 2011 – 31 August 2017
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded bySellapan Ramanathan
Succeeded byHalimah Yacob
Minister for Security and Defence
In office
1 August 2003 – 1 September 2005
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byShunmugam Jayakumar (National Security)
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
1 August 1995 – 1 September 2005
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded byOng Teng Cheong
Succeeded byWong Kan Seng
Minister for Defence
In office
1 August 1995 – 1 August 2003
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byLee Boon Yang
Succeeded byTeo Chee Hean
Minister for Education
In office
1 January 1985 – 29 December 1991
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Goh Chok Tong
Preceded byGoh Keng Swee
Succeeded byLee Yock Suan
Minister for Finance
In office
24 October 1983 – 1 January 1985
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byLee Kuan Yew
Succeeded byRichard Hu
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Sembawang GRC
In office
4 September 1988 – 6 May 2006
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byKhaw Boon Wan
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Sembawang SMC
In office
11 February 1979, – 3 September 1988
Preceded byTeong Eng Siong
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1940-02-07) 7 February 1940 (age 84)
Political partyIndependent (2011–present)
Other political
People's Action Party (Before 2011)
Spouse(s)Mary Chee Bee Kiang (m. 1964)
Children3 sons
1 daughter
Alma materNational University of Singapore
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Adelaide
ProfessionMathematician, banker
WebsiteOfficial website
Tony Tan Keng Yam

In August 2011, Tan won the Singapore presidential election by a narrow 0.34% margin, and was sworn in as the seventh President of Singapore on 1 September 2011.[3]



  1. National Research Foundation (Singapore), Board Archived 2012-12-24 at, GIC Board of Directors Archived 2010-12-22 at the Wayback Machine, SPH Annual Report, 2009 Archived 2012-06-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Stuart Drummond, “Malaysia and Singapore: The Looming Succession”, World Today, vol 47, no 3 (Mar. 1991); “Lee Steps Down But Holds Reins”, Herald Sun, 27 November 1990.
  3. "Tony Tan elected as Singapore's 7th President". Hindustan Times. India. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2011.