Business magnet Tony Fernandes has shocked the social media world by quitting Twitter indefinitely. His few last messages were in tune of disappointment.
I will be closing down my Twitter account today. As I said wait till QPR get promoted and I reach 50. I may restart dedicated accounts.
Goodbye all. Maybe I return. Been fun. Damn useful. Speak the truth and be brave.
Stand up for what you believe, fight oppression and most importantly, enjoy life. Bye bye all!
Tony Fernandes is prominently known for turning AirAsia, a small airline operator, into one of the world’s most successful budget carriers, starting by mortgaging his property and used his own savings to acquire AirAsia ownership.
During the acquisition, AirAsia was heavily indebted (with debts amounting to US$11 million) and was operating with merely two Boeing 737 jet aircrafts.
Fernandes was educated at London School of Economics before joining Virgin Atlantic as an auditor. He subsequently served Virgin’s another entity, Virgin Records during which he had a direct working relationship with Virgin’s founder, Richard Branson. They went on to have a long lasting relationship until today.
His high-flying career continued when he returned to Malaysia; he joined Warner Music and eventually became the youngest managing director at the group. Fernandes decided to leave Warner and started his own airline when Warner merged with America Online.
AirAsia has won a string of international awards that include World’s Best Low Cost Airline (Skytrax), ATW Value Airline of the Year, Best Managed Company Award (Asiamoney), Airline of the Year (Centre for Aisa Pacific Aviation, CAPA), and many more.
Apart from AirAsia, Fernandes also has other business interests, mainly in hospitality (Tune Hotels) and auto racing (Caterham F1 Formula One).
As of 2014, Tony Fernandes was valued by Forbes at around US$650 million, making him the 28th richest person in Malaysia.