Malaysia has six billionaires making it to the Forbes 2009 list of the world’s richest. Their collective net worth of $22.9 billion is equivalent to 6% of Malaysia’s GDP last year. 
- Ananda Krishnan has a net worth of $7 billion. A self-made tycoon who started as an oil trader, Ananda’s fortune comes from the telecommunications business. His holdings include Malaysia's largest cell phone service provider.
- Robert Kuok is tied in ranking with Krishnan as Malaysia’s richest. His net worth also totals $7 billion. He heads the Kuok Group, a multinational with diversified holdings that range from shipping to real estate to media.
- Lee Shin Cheng ($2.7 billion)
- Teh Hong Piow ($2.5 billion)
- Quek Leng Chan ($1.9 billion)
- Yeoh Tiong Lay & family ($1.8 billion)
An estimated 3.3 million are currently living in hunger in Malaysia. This assumes that the estimated level of the undernourished in Malaysia remains unchanged at 13% as last reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 
According to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Malaysia ranks low with a score of less than 5 in the Global Hunger Index (GHI). The IFPRI ranks countries on a 100-point scale, with 0 being the best score (no hunger) and 100 being the worst.