Lien We King (Singapore Entrepreneur)

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Lien We King. Photo from Hong Lai Huat Group Limited.
Lien We King. Photo from Hong Lai Huat Group Limited.

Lien We King (born 1975) is a Singaporean entrepreneur, as well as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mothership, a well-known Singapore digital news agency.[1] He is also the Managing Director of Bridgewater Holdings Pte Ltd, the parent company of Mothership.sg.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Lien We King is a former fund manager and finance executive whose “hobby site” took off overnight, after its article “48 reasons why you still feel for Singapore” went viral in February 2014.[3][4] Today, this joint venture with fellow entrepreneurs Martino Tan and Belmont Lay has become well-known among Singaporeans as the online news site, Mothership.sg.[2][5]

Besides his role at Mothership.sg, Lien We King is currently the Managing Director of Bridgewater Holdings Pte Ltd, and a Board Member of real estate and property developer, Hong Lai Huat Group.[2]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Kiara Khor and Lien We King walking down the aisle at their wedding. Photo from Singapore Brides.
Kiara Khor and Lien We King walking down the aisle at their wedding. Photo from Singapore Brides.

In 2018, Lien We King solemnised his marriage to healthcare strategies professional, Kiara Khor.[6] The couple celebrated this event with a wedding ceremony at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.[7] Kiara is noted to have worked at Mothership.sg as a Market Analyst in 2014.[6]

Connections with political figures[edit | edit source]

George Yeo present at Lien We King and Kiara Khor's wedding in 2018. Photo from Facebook.
George Yeo present at Lien We King and Kiara Khor's wedding in 2018. Photo from Facebook.

He is also known to be friends with former Foreign Minister, George Yeo, a former politician who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2011). Yeo took on the role of “Non-Executive Advisor” and writer at Mothership.sg.[8] Yeo was also present as a guest at Lien We King's wedding in 2018.[9]

Lien We King was also one of supporters who stood in for George Yeo to collect Presidential election forms while Yeo was on holiday in Taiwan with his family.[10]

Career[edit | edit source]

Mothership.sg (2013 to Present)[edit | edit source]

Lien We King is one of the co-founders and the Executive Director of the Singapore news outlet, Mothership.sg.[1]

The digital news agency is currently funded by social enterprise, Project Fisher-men, where Lien We King assumes the role of one of its three directors.[11]

In 2012, Lien We King approached Belmont Lay, the founder of Singaporean satire site, NewNation.sg and Martino Tan, who was a civil servant working under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at the time.[8] The latter was Senior Manager of online communications at the PMO, where he was best known for managing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook posts.[8] Both men would later on become his business partners, after he proposed a “digital-only platform for young Singaporeans”.[8]

In fact, the trio wanted to realise a common vision of creating an online site where Singaporeans can keep up to date with and educate themselves on Singapore’s social and political climate. They were “inspired by the ideals of openness, inclusiveness and creativity”.[8]

Later on, they were joined by former Foreign Minister, George Yeo and civil service veteran, Philip Yeo.[8] A friend of Lien We King, George Yeo occasionally contributes as a writer, where he shares his perspective on Singapore life as well as life away from his homeland as he is based in Hong Kong.[8] On the other hand, Philip Yeo is the Chairman of social enterprise Project Fisher-men, which backed Mothership.sg with funding in its early days. Today, Yeo continues to “volunteer” as the Chairman of Project Fisher-men.[8]

Previous occupations[edit | edit source]

Prior to launching Mothership.sg, Lien We King had been a Director at Pacific Equity Group Pte Ltd, a private equity real estate investment firm. Later on, he became the Managing Director of Bridgewater Holdings Pte Ltd and was appointed to the Board of Hong Lai Huat Group as Non-Executive Independent Director on 1 March 2019.[5]

References/Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chan, Robin. “Social news website Mothership brings home discussion on Singapore”. The Straits Times. February 3, 2014. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lien, We King. “We King Lien”. LinkedIn. n.d. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  3. Wong, Terence. “It all started with a crash, says Mothership’s founder Lien We King”. Azure Capital. August 14, 2020. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  4. Lay, Belmont. “48 reasons why you still feel for Singapore”. Mothership.sg. August 10, 2022. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hong Lai Huat Group. “Board of Directors”. Hong Lai Huat Group. n.d. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Khor, Kiara. “Kiara Khor”. LinkedIn. n.d. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  7. Singapore Brides. “Lien We King and Kiara Khor’s Beautiful Wedding Celebrations at Shangri La Singapore”. Singapore Brides. June 13, 2018. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Tan, Theresa. “Charting His Own Course”. The AlumNUS. n.d. Accessed 7 September 2022.
  9. Yeo, George. "We King n Kiara wedding dinner". Facebook. March 18, 2018. Accessed 14 September 2022.
  10. Lai, Gerrard. "George Yeo to make 'big decision'". AsiaOne. June 7, 2011. Accessed 14 September 2022.
  11. Mothership. “Mothership.sg fuelled by love, seed funding”. Mothership.sg. April 11, 2022. Accessed 7 September 2022.