He’s making a name for himself these days as a rising football mogul, having splashed out for a controlling stake in Spanish La Liga club Valencia. But Lim, 62, built his fortune as a high-flying stock broker and investor. In particular, it was his early bet on Singapore-listed Wilmar International that filled his coffers. He sold his stake in the palm oil giant in 2010 for a cool US$1.5 billion. The high-profile investor also has stakes in supercar maker McLaren Automotive, Singapore property developer Rowsley and security provider Soverus Group.