Lee Hsien Loong born 10 February 1952 is a Singaporean politician. Lee is the eldest son of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
Lee graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University, as Senior Wrangler in 1974 (gaining a Diploma in Computer Science with distinction as well) and later earned a Master of Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He began his current term on 15 January 2016 following the opening of Singapore’s 13th Parliament. He is the current and third Prime Minister of Singapore since 2004. Three weeks after giving birth to their first son, Li Yipeng, Wong died at the age of 31 on 28 October 1982 of a heart attack.
In 1985, when Lee was 33, he married Ho Ching, a fast-rising civil servant who subsequently became the executive director and chief executive officer of Temasek Holdings.
Lee has a daughter – Xiuqi – and three sons – Yipeng, Hongyi and Haoyi (including the daughter and eldest son from Lee’s first marriage).
Ho Ching’s eldest son, Li Hongyi, was an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), and is currently the deputy director in the Government Technology Agency of Singapore, under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Lee was initially diagnosed with lymphoma for which he underwent chemotherapy in the early 1990s then subsequently also underwent a successful robot-assisted keyhole prostatectomy on 15 February 2015 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Lee is interested in computer programming and has written a Sudoku solver in his spare time. Under Singapore’s second prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, Lee served as the Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister for Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.
The eldest child of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his wife Kwa Geok Choo, Lee Hsien Loong was born in Singapore on 10 February 1952.
His paternal grandmother, Chua Jim Neo, was a Hokkien Hakka Nyonya, and his mother has ancestry from Tong’an District and Shantou in China.
According to Lee Kuan Yew’s biography, the younger Lee had learnt the Jawi script from the age of five, and has always been interested in the affairs of Singapore, often following his father to the rally grounds since 1963.
Lee studied at Nanyang Primary School and received his secondary education at Catholic High School, before going on to National Junior College (where he learned the clarinet under the tutelage of Adjunct Associate Professor Ho Hwee Long).
In 1978, he attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and held various staff and command posts, including the Director of the Joint Operations and Plans Directorate (Director, JOPD), and Chief of Staff of the General Staff (COS, GS).
He was Senior Wrangler in 1973, and graduated in 1974 with first-class honours on a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science (equivalent to an MSc in Computer Science) with distinction.He took over the leadership of the People’s Action Party (PAP) when former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong stepped down from the position to become the new Senior Minister. Their daughter, Li Xiuqi, was born in 1980.
In 1980, he completed a Master of Public Administration at the John F. Notably, he was put in command of the rescue operations following the Sentosa Cable Car Disaster.
Lee served as commanding officer (CO) of 23rd Singapore Artillery (23SA) in the Singapore Army before he left the SAF in 1984 to pursue civilian politics.
Lee married his first wife, Wong Ming Yang, a Malaysian-born physician, on 20 May 1978. In 1971, he was awarded a President’s Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship by the Public Service Commission to study mathematics at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He won his first election for Member of Parliament in 1984, contesting as a member of the People’s Action Party. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Lee joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1971, and served as an officer from 1974 to 1984.
Lee rose quickly through the ranks in the Singapore Army, becoming the youngest brigadier-general in Singaporean history after his promotion in July 1983.
Lee then led his party to victory in the 2006, 2011 and 2015 general elections. From 1971 to 1984, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces where he rose to the rank of brigadier general.