Tea and gold are age-old industries, but the De Silva siblings are redefining new ways to run these businesses

SINGAPORE (Aug 19): When he was a child, a broken egg taught Navin Amarasuriya, managing director of BP de Silva Group, an important lesson about being considerate. He was at the grocery store with his father, Sunil, when he noticed a cracked egg in the carton they had chosen. He was about to replace it with another carton, but his father stopped him. “He said there was a small chance it could’ve been broken by us. We should pay for it,” Navin, 35, tells The Edge Singapore. “Our father was always concerned about being considerate to others and how our actions affect others.”

Even today, Navin and his siblings — Rehan, 33, and Shanya, 28 — are conscious of the effect of their decisions on people around them. Indeed, as the fifth generation of the family-owned BP de Silva Holdings, the three have more reason to be conscious of their actions than most others. After all, theirs is a tremendous legacy to live up to — 147 years, to be exact.

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