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Kim Lim, 29

Kim Lim

Founder of Kelhealth Group

Kim Lim is proof that your biggest struggles can become your greatest assets. Preoccupied with her body image, the heiress had sought out all kinds of cosmetic procedures in the last decade, which made her a connoisseur of the industry.

In 2019, she opened Papilla Haircare, a hair loss treatment centre backed by Korean dermatologists, hair transplant surgeons and scientists. In 2020, she expanded Papilla’s offerings with a scalp-focused product line and launched three more businesses. They were medical spa Illumia Therapeutics, aesthetics clinic Illumia Medical, and anti-ageing skincare brand Illumia Skin. Earlier this year, she also opened Polaris Plastic Surgery, led by Dr Adrian Ooi, alongside an orthopaedic surgery clinic with Dr Mizan Marican.

Besides running her various businesses, the entrepreneur ensures that her holding company contributes meaningfully to communities at large. The Kelhealth Benefactors Platform, to date, has built houses in Mongolia, worked with local programmes to provide food and home essentials for underprivileged groups, supported animal welfare organisations, and donated time and money to frontliners.