The Jakarta Post
Musician Joey Alexander is on the list. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)
Six Indonesians deemed rising stars are included on a list of '50 Asians to watch'. One of them is Faye Simanjuntak, the grandchild of Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, who finds herself in the company of musician Joey Alexander and Tokopedia founder William Tanuwijaya.
The list is issued by Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times.
Faye cofounded non-profit organisation Rumah Faye when she was 11 years of age – with the help of her parents. The organization, which focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse and human trafficking and the rehabilitation of victims, has opened its own safehouse in Batam.
Jazz virtuoso Joey, the youngest on the list at 14 years of age, is a two-times Grammy-nominated pianist, whose debut in the United States began with a YouTube video. His debut album My Favorite Things was released in 2015.
William’s Tokopedia is among the country’s first unicorns, securing US$100 million in funding in 2014 from Softbank and Sequoia Capital. In 2017, Tokopedia again made headlines as the first Indonesian start-up to acquire funding from Alibaba founder Jack Ma - a whopping $1.1 billion.
Other Indonesians on the list are rapper Brian “Rich Brian” Imanuel, Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim and economist Budi Gunadi Sadikin.
Rich Brian, previously known as Rich Chigga, rose to fame with a homemade YouTube video. His debut album Amen has become the first album by an Asian artist to top the iTunes Hip Hop Chart.
Indonesia and India have the highest number of nationals on the list, with six individuals of various backgrounds from each country. (evi)
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