Kane Lim

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Kane Lim (born 5 December 1989) is a socialite, online personality and the founder of investment firm Kix Capital.[1][2] As of February 2021, he has over 368,000 followers on Instagram. Most recently in January 2021, he was featured as a cast member of Netflix’s reality show Bling Empire.[3][4] Kane emerged as one of the breakout stars of the show due to his down-to-earth and humorous character, and subsequently received media coverage from several media publications.[5][3][6]

Kane Lim from Bling Empire. Photo from Netflix.

Background[edit | edit source]

Family[edit | edit source]

Kane Lim was born on 5 December 1989 and is the eldest out of three siblings.[3][7][8] Despite various news sites claiming that Kane’s father was a billionaire, Kane himself clarified that his parents are not billionaires, instead helming a billion-dollar company that deals with real estate, oil and shipping.[9]

Kane has also described himself as the “black sheep” of the family, elaborating in a Yahoo!News interview:

“All I can tell you is that my grandparents came from Communist China with nothing. They’re so private; even in the way they dress, they're so simple. They don't flaunt anything. I'm the only one with social media and everything.”[9]

Throughout the years, Kane has also declined to reveal more details about his family, citing privacy reasons.[10]

Education[edit | edit source]

Kane Lim
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Born5 December 1989
EducationBachelor of Arts (Merchandise Marketing)
Alma materFashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Kane Lim is an alumnus of Anglo Chinese School (ACS), having studied at its Barker Road institution and later ACS International.[3] From 2010 to 2013, Kane studied at private college Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Merchandise Marketing.[4]

Kane Lim with other cast members of Bling Empire.
Kane Lim with other cast members of Bling Empire.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Kane Lim is a practicing Buddhist, having been introduced to the religion in 2018 by one of his friends.[9][11] In a 2021 interview with Tatler Hong Kong, he was quoted as having said the following about his faith:

“About three years ago, I was in a bad place and was overweight, depressed and didn’t know what to do with my life. A friend introduced me to Buddhism and I had a very spiritual moment and when I dived into the understanding of Buddhism and studied it, it just became one of the only religions that made sense to me. When I went deeper, I got a hold of what life meant and the cause and effect of things.” [11]

After completing his Bachelor of Arts at FIDM in 2013, Kane Lim has resided in Los Angeles ever since, where he is a licensed real estate agent and manages his company Kix Capital.[12][2][9]

Kane Lim with his designer shoe collection.
Kane Lim with his designer shoe collection.

Financial status[edit | edit source]

Having started his investment firm and invested in stocks since a young age, Kane Lim reportedly has a net worth of $20 million.[13][14]

Amassing wealth[edit | edit source]

According to Kane himself, he started investing as a teenager after he took a loan from his father.[15] He repaid his father within two months and subsequently made his first seven figure sum at the age of 19.[15] Kane then invested in stocks and fashion with the funds he amassed and started his investment firm.[15]

Shoe collection[edit | edit source]

As seen from his Instagram and as reported by The Straits Times, Kane Lim has an extensive shoe collection totalling over 300 pairs.[16] In a 2018 interview with The New Paper, Kane was quoted as having said the following:

“I have walked into a designer shoe store and said, 'I'll take one pair of everything you have in every colour, I'll take it all'.”[17]

Businesses[edit | edit source]

Kix Capital (current)[edit | edit source]

From Kane’s profile on property management firm Padme Services, which he is involved in, he is the founder and president of Kix Capital, an investment firm dealing in biomedicine, real estate and energy investments.[18][2]

Oppenheim Group (current)[edit | edit source]

Kane Lim is currently listed as a Realtor Associate for Oppenheim Group, a professional real estate brokerage. In an interview with NBC’s Today, he clarifies that he remains an “independent contractor”.[19][20]

Bling Empire (May 2022)[edit | edit source]

In May 2022, Kane Lim returned as one of the cast members of Bling Empire’s second season on Netflix. In particular, he gained attention during this season after being embroiled in tensions with new cast member, Dorothy Wang.[21][22][23]

Bling Empire (January 2021)[edit | edit source]

In January 2021, Kane Lim appeared as one of the cast members of Bling Empire on Netflix, a reality series depicting the lives of real life wealthy Asians in Los Angeles, California.[24] According to alternative news site Mothership, Kane sourced out cast members for the show together with friend and fellow cast member Kelly Mi Li.[25]

Collaborations[edit | edit source]

Fenty Beauty[edit | edit source]

Kane Lim debuts as Fenty Beauty’s new face. Photo from Instagram.

On May 9 2022, Fenty Beauty appointed Kane Lim as the first Southeast-Asian ambassador for the cosmetics brand. He was introduced with the #FentyFacePartner hashtag on Fenty Beauty’s Instagram page.[26][27]

He has since debuted under Fenty Beauty’s new “Fenty Beauty + Fenty Skin” campaign, which is featured at the brand’s Sephora Singapore flagship store.

Matcha Mantra[edit | edit source]

Kevin Kreider’s Matcha Mantra. Photo from Kevin Kreider.

On the second season of Bling Empire, Kane shared about his collaboration with fellow cast-member Kevin Kreider on a fitness supplement line, Matcha Mantra.[28] This product features a mix of Eastern and Western and ingredients, primarily Matcha.

Kane Lim with one of the families from the Miracles for Kids organisation.
Kane Lim with one of the families from the Miracles for Kids organisation.

Philanthropy[edit | edit source]

Besides managing his business and being a social media influencer, Kane Lim has also taken part in philanthropic causes, such as raising money for the Singapore Red Cross, Uplift Family Services, and St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in America.[10][19][29] Speaking to The New Paper in 2015 about giving up his luxury goods for charitable causes, Kane was quoted as having said:

“I am fortunate enough to enjoy these high fashion items at a young age. It's fulfilling when I can sell them for charity and see where the proceeds go to."[10]

Kane Lim has also been observed participating in charitable causes on his Instagram account such as volunteering with Miracles for Kids, a California-based non-profit organisation dedicated to helping the families of critically ill children.[30][31] In July 2017, Kane attended a charity gala organised by the Sian Chay Medical Institution where he and his father managed to raise over ten million dollars for the organisation.[32][11][33]

Media features[edit | edit source]

Due to his social status and wealthy lifestyle, Kane Lim has been featured by several major media publications over the years. The following is a non-exhaustive list of Kane Lim’s media features.

Year Publication References
2022 Vogue [34]
The Straits Times [26]
CNA [35]
2021 The Straits Times [5]
Mothership [36]
Yahoo!News [9]
Harper’s Bazaar [37]
2015 The New Paper [10]
2014 AsiaOne [38]

Citations / References[edit | edit source]

  1. kanelk_k. Instagram. n.d. Accessed 29 January 2021. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/kanelk_k/?hl=en
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 About Us”. Padme Services. n.d. Accessed 29 January 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Yong, Nicole. “20 Kane Lim Facts Including His Family, How He Amassed His Wealth & Bling Empire Season 2 News”. ZULA.sg. January 26, 2021. Accessed 29 January 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kane Lim. LinkedIn. n.d. Accessed 29 January 2021. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/kane-lim-6271204a/
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lee, Jan. “Keeping up with Kane Lim”. The Straits Times. January 28, 2021. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  6. Tan, Tammi. “Bling Empire’s Kane Lim Was So Disappointed By His Parents’ Reaction To The Show’s Success, He Unsent His Messages In The Group Chat”. 8 Days. January 21, 2021. Accessed 2 February 2021.
  7. Bling Empire cast ages: How old are the Netflix cast?”. PopBuzz. n.d. Accessed 29 January 2021.
  8. kanelk_k. Instagram. December 7, 2020. Accessed 29 January 2021. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/CIeYJlWDuux/
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Teng, Yong Ping. “Singaporean crazy rich Asian Kane Lim assembled the cast of Bling Empire”. Yahoo!News. January 19, 2021. Accessed 29 January 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Lee, Jocelyn. “S'pore rich kid sells $20k worth of branded items for charity”. The New Paper. March 5, 2015. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Saadan, Andrea. “Get to Know Kane Lim From Netflix's "Bling Empire"”. Tatler Hong Kong. January 21, 2021. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  12. Licensees”. California Department of Real Estate. n.d. Accessed 2 February 2021.
  13. Shenton, Zoe. “The net worth of the Bling Empire cast is going to blow your mind”. Cosmopolitan UK. January 21, 2021. Accessed 4 February 2021.
  14. What is Kane Lim’s net worth?”. PopBuzz. n.d. Accessed 4 February 2021.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Meet Kane Lim of Kix Capital in International”. VoyageLA. February 5, 2019. Accessed 2 February 2021.
  16. Lee, Jan. “Bling Empire's Kane Lim a real-life Crazy Rich Asian”. The Straits Times. January 21, 2021. Accessed 2 February 2021.
  17. Cheow, Sue-Ann. “Bling Empire's Kane Lim a real-life Crazy Rich Asian”. The New Paper. August 27, 2018. Accessed 2 February 2021.
  18. Home”. Padme Services. n.d. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Oppenheim Group. “Kane Lim - The Oppenheim Group Real Estate”. The Oppenheim Group Real Estate. n.d. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  20. Nicolaou, Elena. “Kane Lim of 'Bling Empire' explains his connection to 'Selling Sunset'”. NBC Universal, Today. May 13, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  21. Baxter-Wright, Dusty. “Bling Empire fans are all saying the same thing about Kane in season 2”. Cosmopolitan. May 16, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  22. Najib, Shafiq. “Bling Empire's Kane Lim Discusses Feud with Dorothy Wang in Season 2: 'There Was Never Peace'”. People. May 14, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  23. Wiki.sg. "Dorothy Wang (Bling Empire)". Wiki.sg. n.d. Accessed 8 June 2022.
  24. Stewart, Melissa. “Stream it or skip it? Here are 10 things we hate about Netflix’s Bling Empire”. CNA Luxury. n.d. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  25. How, Mandy. “6 things to know about 31-year-old S'porean Kane Lim, star of Netflix's 'Bling Empire'”. Mothership. January 25, 2021. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Sng, Suzanne. "Bling Empire's Kane Lim is Fenty Beauty's first South-east Asian face". The Straits Times. May 10, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  27. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. “fentybeauty”. Instagram. May 13, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  28. Kevin Kreider. “Kevin Kreider’s Matcha Mantra”. Kevin Kreider. n.d. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  29. ‘Bling Empire’ on Netflix: everything we know about Singaporean cast member Kane Lim”. NME Asia. January 22, 2021. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  30. kanelk_k. Instagram. December 25, 2019. Accessed 1 February 2021. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/B6eY5vXjhWC/
  31. How We Help”. Miracles for Kids. n.d. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  32. kanelk_k. Instagram. July 9, 2017. Accessed 1 February 2021. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BWUHxjCF66x/
  33. Sian Chay Medical Institution to organise charity gala to raise funds for the operations of 15 branch clinics”. Sian Chay Medical Institution. July 3, 2017. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  34. Ray, Chandreyee. "Kim Lee and Kane Lim on how ‘Bling Empire’ has changed everything—including themselves". Vogue. May 14, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  35. De Silva, Aaron. "Kane Lim in Singapore: The Bling Empire star on Rihanna, racism and life after the show". CNA. February 13, 2022. Accessed 17 May 2022.
  36. S'porean 'Bling Empire' star Kane Lim selling LA property for S$4.8 million”. Mothership. January 27, 2021. Accessed 1 February 2021.
  37. Ha, Arissa. “Bling Empire’s Kane Lim On Being Kiasu And What He Misses Most About Singapore”. Harper’s Bazaar. January 25, 2021. Accessed 2 February 2021.
  38. Lee, Jocelyn. “'If I lose everything... at least I'm happy now'”. The New Paper. March 15, 2014. Accessed 1 February 2021. Retrieved from AsiaOne.