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Spears – Why the Lion is King

A hundred years ago, when its skyline was bereft of towering chrome and glass skyscrapers and feats of contemporary architecture, Singapore was a wild place. Down by the river, coolies worked the island’s hectic trading port and reclined in shadowy gentlemen’s clubs for a tug on an opium pipe. The island’s interior, meanwhile, was an inhospitable place where rainforest thrived and stealthy Malayan tigers stalked the jungle floor. A century later, the city-state’s population of hungry tigers is still thriving, but they are not of the man-eating strain. Rather, these cats are the big beasts of the financial world and the Lion City is their current favourite stomping ground. Singapore this year retained its world title (first earned in 2011) as the country with the highest number of million- aires per capita. Meanwhile, a recent survey by The Daily The Lion City of Singapore has come a long way in the past century. Duncan Forgan provides a guide for the HNW visitor Telegraph found that three in ten bankers cited Singapore as their preferred place to live and work. With…