Mr LEE Hsien Loong

Mr LEE Hsien Loong

Mr LEE Hsien Loong, Senior Minister

Mr Lee Hsien Loong was appointed as Senior Minister after stepping down as Singapore’s Prime Minister. Mr Lee was Prime Minister from August 2004 to May 2024.

Mr Lee is the Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP). He led PAP to four consecutive Singapore General Elections victories in 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2020. He was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984, and has been re-elected eight times, most recently as an MP for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency.

Mr Lee also chairs GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, an international panel that provides strategic direction for Singapore’s Research and Development efforts.

As Prime Minister, he launched SkillsFuture to support Singaporeans in embracing lifelong learning and skills, and the Smart Nation initiative to use technology to create a future of better living, more opportunities and stronger communities.

Before becoming Prime Minister, Mr Lee had held various Ministerial appointments, including being Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, Minister for Trade and Industry and Second Minister for Defence. He was concurrently the Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 1998 until 2004.

Before joining politics, Mr Lee had served in the Singapore Armed Forces, retiring as a Brigadier-General.

Mr Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He was later a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, receiving a Master in Public Administration.

Mr Lee was born on 10 February 1952. He married Dr Wong Ming Yang in 1978, and was widowed in 1982. He remarried Ho Ching in 1985. He has one daughter and three sons.

Mr Lee enjoys reading, photography, walking, listening to classical music, and computer programming.




2024 -

Senior Minister

2004 - 2024

Prime Minister
Chairman, Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC)
Chairman, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (2011)

2001 - 2007

Minister for Finance

1998 - 2004

Chairman, Monetary Authority of Singapore

1990 - 2004

Deputy Prime Minister

1987 - 1992

Minister for Trade and Industry

1987 - 1990

Second Minister for Defence

1984 - 1987

Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry &
Ministry of Defence

2004 -

Secretary-General, People's Action Party

1992 - 2004

First Assistant Secretary-General, People's Action Party

1989 - 1992

Second Assistant Secretary-General, People's Action Party

1986 - 1989

Member, Central Executive Committee of the People's Action Party

1984 -

Member of Parliament
(First elected in 1984, and re-elected in 1988, 1991, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2020)

1982 - 1984

Chief of Staff of the General Staff

1983 - 1984

Director of the Joint Operations and Plans Directorate

1978 - 1979

Attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, USA


Completed Officer Cadet Course at SAFTI and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the SAF





1979 - 1980

Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; graduated with a Master's Degree in Public Administration


University of Cambridge, UK; graduated as a Senior Wrangler in the Mathematics Tripos (equivalent to First Class Honours) and with a Diploma in Computer Science (with Distinction)


Awarded the SAF Scholarship


Awarded the President's Scholarship


National Junior College

1964 - 1969

Catholic High School

1958 - 1963

Nanyang Girls' High School (Co-Ed Primary Section)

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