From ballerino to fund manager

SMU alumnus Raphael Ng, the co-founder of the Salzworth Global Currency Fund, was a dancer until he was in his late 20s. He took contemporary dance at National Junior College and SMU where he studied information systems management. While dance took up so much of his time that his A-level grades suffered, the art form was probably also what got him into SMU through "discretionary admissions", a scheme which took in students who fell short of the entry cut-off score but were outstanding in other areas. He shared that his undergraduate years were exhilarating on several levels, and he scaled new heights as a dancer because the University's dance club was almost professional. The team took part in several competitions abroad, bagging top prizes at the International Dance Competition in Bolzano, Italy, in 2013 and the Barcelona Dance Grand Prix in 2014. He also came into his own in other areas. He did so well that he won the Kuok Khoon Hong Endowed Scholarship and the Lee Foundation Student Life Scholarship, and graduated magna cum laude in 2015. He also shared how he developed an interest in investing during his university years.

The Sunday Times