Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is a Malaysian entrepreneur, known as the co-founder of AirAsia, the budget airline public-listed company famous for the largest low-cost carrier in Asia, servicing more than 90 destinations. According to Forbes Asia, he was ranked number 28 on the Malaysia's Richest list with his net worth at $650 million as of February 2014. In 2015, he has been chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
As a child, he studied at The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur. He attended Epsom College, a boarding school in England, in 1977 before graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in accounting. He worked at Virgin Atlantic as an auditor and then Virgin Records, London, as a financial controller during the period 1987-1989. In 1991, he joined the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as Associate Member and became Fellow Member five years later. In 1992, he undertook the South East Asian regional vice-president for Warner Music Group for nine years before becoming AirAsia's chief executive in 2001.
Little was known about his personal life.