Sukanto Tanoto was the first donor for building the Olympic Beijing Aquatic Center. the aquatic center was said to cost 200 million yuan (or 30 Million USD).
Sukanto has donated 5 Million USD for this, more than 15% of its cost.
Sukanto explained all of this in an interview for the CCTV in 2011.Watch it below
The TV show pictured him as a hero, the usual fairy tale from rags to rich. He was made a kind of hero to the Chinese people as he has donated hospitals, schools to his hometown in Putian, China.
What the TV show doesn’t tell you is how he stole all this money by destroying the Indonesian rainforests, bad debts of his Unibank and whole lots of dirty deals.
Sukanto Tanoto, the good Samaritan in China. Donated 5 million dollars to build the Olympic Swimming pool. Why don’t you pay the Indonesian tax and build a swimming pool for the Indonesian?
The China Daily previously in 2006 reported that Sukanto tanoto donated 5 million yuan, but that’s the incorrect figure, it is 5 Million US Dollar. See picture below (you need a chinese translation):
Sukanto tanoto was also the first overseas Chinese entrepreneur to donate a large sum of money when SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) broke out in China in 2003. The donation, worth 30 million yuan (US$3.7 million), was the largest from an overseas Chinese during that period.
In addition, he is the top overseas Chinese donor in terms of one-time donation in founding the “Qiaoxin Elementary Schools.” “Qiaoxin” means “the heart of overseas Chinese.”
Since 2004, he has established 20 such schools scattered across poverty-stricken areas in Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Heilongjiang provinces and Tibet, Guangxi Zhuang and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions.
The chairman of RGM has also set up education funds in Putian of East China’s Fujian Province, Suzhou of East China’s Jiangsu Province, and Jinggangshan in Central China’s Jiangxi Province.
“And at Peking and Fudan universities two of the nation’s prestigious universities, scholarships which have been set up by the group and granted to elite business school students are well in operation,” Chen Jiangshan added.