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Jakarta Post

Herbal medicine tycoons climb as commodity chiefs slide

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /  07:30 am
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PT Sido Muncul director Irwan Hidayat talks to journalists in Jakarta, on Nov. 18, 2013. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Tycoons in the pharmaceutical and herbal medicine sectors have gained ground as Indonesians grow more conscious of health and wellbeing and the commodities business slumps. Forbes Indonesia has released its Indonesia’s 50 Richest List for last year, and among the big earners are the country’s top executives in the pharmaceutical industry. One of them is Irwan Hidayat, the director of publicly listed herbal manufacturer PT Sido Muncul. He moved up 11 ranks to 30th place after earning US$350 million over the past year. His company’s sales in the third quarter of 2019 were recorded at Rp 2.13 trillion ($154.8 million), constituting 9.48 percent annual growth. Sido Muncul’s overall growth was led by the sales of its herbal medicine and supplements segment, which grew 11.82 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 1.4 trillion. Read also: Next generation of Indones...