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Indonesia’s Richest Man And Oldest Athlete Wins Bronze Medal At Asian Games

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Indonesia’s Richest Man And Oldest Athlete Wins Bronze Medal At Asian Games

The 78-year-old bridge fanatic describes it as ‘athletics of the mind’ and was instrumental in having the game included in the 2018 Asian Games.

Indonesia’s richest man Michael Bambang Hartono has clinched bronze in the super mixed category along with five other Indonesian players in bridge at the 2018 Asian Games. The group, consisting of Bambang and Bert Toar Polii, Frangky Karwur and Jemmy Bojoh, as well as Conny Sumampauw and Rury Andhani lost to a Chinese team in Kemayoran, Jakarta, on Sunday.

The presence of Bambang in the Games was all over the internet as soon as it was revealed some days ago that he would be competing. Bambang, the owner of multinational tobacco company Djarum, is the oldest member of Team Indonesia. Bambang also owns more than 25 percent of publicly traded Bank Central Asia (BCA), according to Forbes.

“If you want to be a good businessman or a good leader, then play bridge,” Bambang, 78, shared his wisdom with the press on the sidelines of a preliminary round game in the super mixed category.

Bambang, who tops the Forbes’ Indonesia rich list with a net worth of around US$11.2 billion, revealed that he started to play bridge when he was 6 years old after seeing his uncle playing the card game.

Bridge is a new sport in the Games. It is expected to be played at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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