At just 36 years old, Chandy Kusuma is running a huge empire, FKS Food & Agri, that boasted US$5 billion ($6.73 billion) in turnover in its FY2020 ended Dec 31, 2020. The farm-to-plate and agriculture conglomerate employs over 7,000 staff and has planted its flag in several Southeast Asian countries and beyond.

Founded in Indonesia in 1992 by Kusuma’s father Edy, FKS Food & Agri started as a business-to-business (B2B) company that manufactured and distributed fish oil and milled feed to chickens and cattle.

“From there, we had access [and contacts] to the feed producers, such as Charoen Pokphand Foods, Japfa and Malindo. These are our client base — from the producers like them, all the way to the self-mixers or local farmers,” says the younger Kusuma, who has taken over his father as CEO of FKS Food & Agri, in an interview with The Edge Singapore.

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