SINGAPORE (Mar 12): Koh Wee Meng, the billionaire real estate tycoon best known for developing a string of budget hotels in Geylang, is as unassuming as they come. Clad in a simple black suit and a white shirt open at the collar, the chairman and CEO of Fragrance Group sits in an expansive but spartan corner office, on the top floor of the former NOL Building, which he bought in 2012 for $380 million. On one wall is a framed painting by American artist Mort Kunstler, depicting a race between a steam train and a horse-drawn coach. Koh says he picked it up at a shopping centre in the 1990s.

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