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William Soeryadjaya, a modest businessman, dies at 87

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 4 2010   /  09:19 am

William Soeryadjaya, founder of Indonesia’s largest automotive company PT Astra International, passed away Friday. He will be remembered as a modest businessman who was a pioneer in the country’s automotive industry, say a number of businessmen. William, famously known as Om Willem, died Friday night at South Jakarta’s Medistra Hospital where he had been hospitalized. He was 87. Businessman Aburizal Bakrie said William influenced how people in the country did business. “I sometimes looked up to him from afar, applying his strategies for my businesses,” said Bakrie as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday. William, he added, was a good example for other businessmen as he started his business from nothing. “One thing he always did was share his profits with other people and often helped others,” Bakrie said, adding that William was a friendly and down-to-earth person. President di...