Today we’d like to introduce you to Kane Lim.
Kane, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
OFFLINE: Started investing at the age of 17. Took a small loan from my father and paid him back in two months and by the age of 18-19, I made a sum of more of around seven figures. Invested in fashion and with the money I used it to invest in stocks. Compared to all the wealthy kids in Singapore I was raised very different.
My father would never pamper us instead when I was young he would stop me the nearest public bus stop and tell me to take a public bus to school. He never provided chauffeurs for us or the luxuries in life but just the necessities such as the best education, food, and travel.
I moved to Los Angeles seven years ago for school and decided to live here as I see many opportunities to bridge the East and West. My core focus right now is to grow the investment arm for my family. Back in Thailand, we have commercial real estate ranging from shopping malls to office buildings. In Los Angeles, I’m the process of doing some residential deals and commercial ones in the future.
ONLINE: I started Instagram (@kanelk_k) a few years back and was just posting stuff about my passion which is lifestyle and fashion. I have to credit the iconic Rihanna who followed me one day, and because of her I vividly remember how my phone died from the amounts of notifications I had. She has been super kind to comment when she liked an outfit or even telling what jacket I should wear to her concerts.
I’ve gained international press because of my following and been featured in numerous articles/publications and tv shows around the world. I have used my social media presence mainly to connect with individuals who enjoy fashion but more importantly I have used this platform to raise awareness for charities that I support such as Miracles for Kids based in LA and OC area (@miraclesforkids) Uplift family Services based in CA (@upliftfamilyservices) Red cross Singapore, Sian chay medical institution (Affordable health care for all Singaporeans) and Pets for Rescue.
With the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians that was based in Singapore there was an even spotlight shined on my account. I never associated myself with being rich, but I pride myself in handwork, good ethics and contributing back to society.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The struggles were a necessity for me to find my independence. Growing up in an Asian Family that had such a successful business, the pressure was always to succeed. Moving to Los Angeles, was a difficult yet exciting decision.
Back in Asia, it would have been a breeze for me to help the family business, but I decided to take the other route to start something brand new in a country where my connections and friendship were limited.
My grandparents fled community china with nothing in their pockets to Singapore and built an empire from nothing. If they could do it, I believe that I have a chance as well. Pressure makes diamonds so we’ll have to see!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
A reality show? who knows? I’m planning to be more involved in Charities in Los Angeles that focuses on children and the elderly.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kanelk_k
- Twitter: @kanelk_k