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Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg
3rd Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
August 12, 2004 – Present
President Sellapan Ramanathan
Tony Tan
Personal details
Born February 10, 1952
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse(s) Ho Ching
Occupation Politician

Lee Hsien Loong is the current Prime Minister of Singapore. His father is Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore.

In August 2004, Goh Chok Tong stepped down as Prime Minister, while Lee Hsien Loong took over the position. He then became the General Secretary of People's Action Party (PAP).

Background and education

Military life

In 1971, Lee joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Lee was promoted to very high rank quickly in the Singapore Army. In July 1983, he became the youngest Brigadier General in Singapore. He left SAF in 1984.[1]

Early political life

In the 1980s, Lee Kuan Yew said he will step down as Prime Minister in 1984. Lee Hsien Loong was considered in the list of new leaders in PAP.

In 1984, at 32, He was elected an MP. His father immediately assigned him as a Minister of State for some ministries.

In 1987, he joined in the Cabinet as the Minister for Trade and Industry and Second Minister for Defence.


From 2008 to 2012, Lee's salary is S$3.87 million every year. [2] He had a salary increase of 25%, it was originally S$3,091,200. [3]

In January 2012, his salary was reduced to S$2.2 million. [4][5][6] But, he is still the prime minister with the highest salary in the world. [7]

Personal life

  • Wong Ming Yang, Lee's first wife is a Malaysian-born doctor. Three weeks after giving birth to Lee's first son, Li Yipeng, an albino, she died of heart attack on 28 October 1982, at 31 years old.[8]
  • In 1985, he was 33, and married Ho Ching, a civil servant.
  • Lee Hsien Loong has one daughter - Xiuqi - and three sons - Yipeng, Hongyi and Haoyi (including the daughter and son that Wong Ming Yang gave birth to).
  • Ho Ching's first son, Li Hongyi, won the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Math & Science in 2006. Also in 2006, he became an officer of SAF.