Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung belongs to one of Myanmar’s oldest business families. After completing his education at an elite British boarding school and then Babson College in the US, Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung returned to Myanmar to oversee his family’s prospering business interests. His family—which has been described as “worldly,” “charming,” and “august”—is well-known for its charitable foundation and less well-known for the hand it has played in helping the junta attack civilians and carry out genocide against the Rohingya.
Like many young CEOs, Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung was born into privilege. His grandfather started KT Group in the 1950s and his father expanded it into a complicated and opaque tangle of ventures, including a lucrative relationship with the former military dictatorship. Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung uses his Western manners and mess of businesses to help the Myanmar military acquire Eurocopter and Fokker aircraft. In return, he gets lucrative business deals and a glittering social life where he can rub shoulders with rich and famous people who have champagne on their lips and blood on their hands.
Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung has a network of at least 28 businesses in Myanmar, Singapore and the British Virgin Islands, some of which support the Myanmar military. This includes the Ky-Tha group of companies that Jonathan owns with his father, Moe Kyaw Thaung. How long will the Singaporean government let him continue his lush lifestyle and dirty business?