Netflix’s newest craze Bling Empire has firmly sat among the many most streamed exhibits in Singapore on the streaming platform because the actuality TV collection first aired on January 15.
There’s a very good motive for that. Other than its similarities to Loopy Wealthy Asians, which was set in Singapore, the present additionally incorporates a native forged member, Kane Lim.
A younger entrepreneur in the true property enterprise, Lim has made a reputation for himself in Los Angeles due to his flashy way of life, sturdy social media presence, and his excessive society pals.
As you sink your enamel into the eight-episode collection, right here’s the whole lot we find out about Kane Lim. Beware: some spoilers forward.
Who’s Kane Lim?
Kane Lim is a 31-year-old Singaporean residing in Los Angeles, first launched in Bling Empire as a vogue devotee: within the first episode, he chooses an outfit for fellow forged member Kevin Kreider and likewise offers jewelry recommendation to philanthropist Christine Chiu.
Lim can be launched as a practising Buddhist. He advised The Straits Times that he grew to become a Buddhist three years in the past and that it has taught him to be compassionate. “I’ve been a vegetarian for the final three years and I’ve stopped smoking,” he added.
How did Kane Lim get his following?
Whereas Lim already had a good following on social media due to his flashy way of life, the Bling Empire forged member attributes his Instagram fame largely to none apart from Rihanna.
“I vividly keep in mind how my cellphone died from the quantities of notifications I had. She has been tremendous form to remark when she favored an outfit, and even telling [me] what jacket I ought to put on to her concert events,” he recalled.
Why did Kane Lim go away Singapore for Los Angeles?
Born and raised in Singapore, Lim moved to LA about eight years in the past for college and determined to stay there “as I see many alternatives to bridge the East and West”, he advised Voyage LA.
In a separate interview with Tatler Singapore, Lim additionally revealed that he noticed his transfer to the Californian metropolis as a option to problem himself. “Rising up, Singapore is my house, however it’s so restricted to what I need to do by way of creativity or simply increasing my data,” he stated.
Lim additionally noticed the transfer as a option to forge his personal path, noting that his life in Singapore was simpler as a result of help from his mother and father, and having the household enterprise as a security web to fall again on. “I simply felt like my future was primarily based on elsewhere that’s a lot greater. With an even bigger platform,” he stated.
Who’re Kane Lim’s household?
After the discharge of Bling Empire, reviews have circulated claiming that Lim’s father is a billionaire. In line with Lim, these claims are false, although his father does management a “billion-dollar firm”, he advised Yahoo! News in a January 19 interview. “He’s not that wealthy! Except there’s one thing he’s not telling me!” he advised the outlet.
Lim’s household has enterprise pursuits associated to actual property, delivery, oil and tankers, Kreider revealed in Bling Empire’s first episode. In the identical interview with Yahoo! Information, Lim stated he has intentionally averted making the identities of his relations public, as a result of he desires to forge his personal path. “I do it on objective as a result of I don’t need to rely on them,” he stated. “And that’s the premise of the present – to craft your personal empire.”
Questions on Lim’s household had been even explicitly designated off-limits in a latest interview revealed January 21 by 8days.sg, although he did inform the outlet that Singaporean singer Stefanie Solar and Taiwanese actor/singer Vivian Hsu are pals of the household.
Although Lim is open about his way of life on social media, his household is extraordinarily non-public and discreet, he advised Yahoo! Information: “All I can inform you is that my grandparents got here from Communist China with nothing. They’re so non-public; even in the best way they costume, they’re so easy. They don’t flaunt something. I’m truly the black sheep of the household – I’m the one one with social media and the whole lot.”
What does Kane Lim do for work?
In his Instagram bio, Lim describes himself as an actual property developer, investor and philanthropist. He reportedly runs an funding fund in LA with a portfolio that features actual property offers, and on his LinkedIn page is listed because the Director of Okay-ix Capital.
His LinkedIn profile additionally names him as President of the corporate Merryland Pacific Restricted since 2008. Merryland Pacific Restricted is “wholly owned” by a Mr Lim Oon Cheng, in keeping with a type hooked up to a 2015 company announcement on the Singapore Alternate (SGX). Lim Oon Cheng, also called Kenny Lim, is believed to be Kane Lim’s father.
Lim Oon Cheng and his niece Lim Huey Yih had been fined S$11.8million for insider buying and selling in April 2015. The civil penalties were imposed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore after the 2 admitted to insider buying and selling that made them a mixed revenue of $4.7million in 2009.
Lim Oon Cheng, who made a revenue of $3.8million, additionally admitted to false buying and selling, and was fined a complete of $9.6million – reported on the time because the biggest penalty ever handed down for insider trading in Singapore.
Lim Oon Cheng can be the brother of oil tycoon Lim Oon Kuin, higher often called O.Okay. Lim. The latter is the founding father of Hin Leong Buying and selling, which was embroiled in a scandal final 12 months that noticed the corporate file for chapter in April, marking one of many world’s largest collapses of an oil buying and selling agency.
In August and September 2020, O.Okay. Lim was hit with two charges of abetment of forgery for the purpose of cheating in Singaporean court docket. The offence carries a high quality and a jail time period of as much as 10 years. Lim, his kids and a Hin Leong worker have additionally been sued by HSBC Holdings to get better thousands and thousands in financing the financial institution alleges they obtained with solid paperwork.
What’s Kane Lim’s household doing now?
In an interview with 8days.sg, Lim revealed that his father, whom he didn’t identify, sits on the board of Sian Chay Medical Establishment. The charity organisation’s website names “Lin [sic] Oon Cheng” as a director and board member from 2016 to 2018. Lim Oon Cheng donated $1million to Sian Chay in 2016.
In 2017, Kane shared on Instagram a poster of a Sian Chay non-public dinner and live performance headlined by Stefanie Solar and Vivian Hsu. In his caption, he wrote, “It is a challenge that I’ve been engaged on for months that my dad is heading. It was an formidable challenge to drag off by far[,] the largest we’ve executed and I’m so joyful to announce Love From Sian Chay 2017.”
What do Kane Lim’s household consider Bling Empire?
Lim stated his household’s response to the success of Bling Empire was considerably muted. Messages he despatched to his household’s WhatsApp group chat concerning the present’s reputation on Netflix was met with full silence, he advised 8days.sg.
“You recognize Asian mother and father,” he stated. “I might inform that everybody learn my messages, however there was no remark, so I deleted them. I used to be a bit disenchanted, however I’m used to it.
“The humorous factor is that they advised me that their pals are pleased with me, however I’m like, ‘I don’t care what they assume, I need to know what you assume!’”
Lim then unsent his WhatsApp messages, solely to obtain a response within the chat: “Oh, what an achievement.”
How did Kane Lim develop into a forged member on Bling Empire?
Lim was reportedly instrumental to the creation of Bling Empire. He advised Yahoo! Information that he was approached by longtime buddy Kelly Mi Li, who can be a forged member. In line with Lim, Mi Li was impressed by Loopy Wealthy Asians, and collectively, the 2 pitched the concept of a actuality tv collection with an analogous idea to Protecting Up With The Kardashians producer Jeff Jenkins.
As soon as Jenkins greenlit the concept, Lim started reaching out to his influencer pals in Los Angeles to form the present’s forged. “I didn’t ask for any producer credit score, however I truly pulled a whole lot of the members on board,” Lim stated to Yahoo! Information.
What are Kane Lim’s hopes for Bling Empire?
Lim hopes Bling Empire could have a twofold impression on viewers. The primary is escapist leisure. “I hope this present will carry individuals pleasure, and laughter and likewise tears. I simply need individuals to have enjoyable and take this frivolously,” he stated to Yahoo! Information.
He additionally hopes that Bling Empire will ‘humanise’ the rich. “We’re all enjoyable individuals and we’re all people ultimately,” he stated in the identical interview, arguing that wealthy individuals even have issues that the common Joe doesn’t expertise, reminiscent of concern for his or her private safety.
Lim stated, “There’s additionally extra drama. You recognize, typically they are saying that having much less cash, you may be happier. You recognize there’s a steadiness to it.”
Kane Lim is a philanthropist. What are his charity actions like?
In 2014, Lim began an Instagram account to promote branded vogue gadgets from his personal assortment, channeling the proceeds to numerous charities reminiscent of St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and non-profit animal welfare organisation Race For The Rescues within the US.
The account, @thefashionfund_, remains to be up, although its final submit was dated 2015. That very same 12 months, Lim sold pre-loved branded goods that were estimated to exceed S$20,000 in total retail value on the Singapore Pink Cross Worldwide Bazaar.