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Tycoon Teng Boonma leaves behind towering legacy

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An artist's rendition of the planned Thai Boon Rong Commercial Tower and Phnom Penh. Thai Boon Rong's chairman Teng Boonma passed away on Friday at age 75. Photo supplied

Tycoon Teng Boonma leaves behind towering legacy

Teng Boonma, chairman of Thai Boon Roong Co Ltd and once described as the richest man in Cambodia, died on Friday at the age of 75 after a lengthy struggle with diabetes and high blood pressure, local media reported.

The politically connected tycoon made headlines in February when his company announced plans to build a colossal 133-storey mixed-use twin tower on the former site of Dreamland theme park in Phnom Penh.

Linda Luk, senior corporate communications manager for Hsin Chong Construction Group Ltd, the Hong Kong-based company appointed to manage the development’s construction, said yesterday that her company was saddened by the news of Boonma’s passing but “will continue to work closely with the developer and contractor to see through successful delivery of the project.”

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