Shirley Crystal Chua is Founder and Group CEO of Golden Equator, a holding group of businesses that shapes the world of tomorrow by bringing Capital and Community together in new and inventive ways.
Known as a serial entrepreneur and future-focused leader in the finance industry, Shirley has also successfully co-founded each business and fund under Golden Equator, leveraging on more than 20 years of experience in finance across private capital, venture capital, wealth management strategies and her natural flair in business building.
Some companies she has created include multi-family office Golden Equator Wealth; venture and private capital business Golden Equator Capital; personal finance literacy platform The Simple Sum; community-driven shared workspace SPECTRUM; and employee engagement app Swish.
A trusted UHNW family advisor turned entrepreneur-investor, Shirley is deeply involved in the start-up, entrepreneurship, and finance communities. She is highly regarded as a seasoned practitioner in these fields and is often sought out by entrepreneurs, UHNW families and business leaders to share her insight.
Since its founding in 2013, Golden Equator has grown within and beyond the finance industry, a testament to her strong business acumen in building agile and sustainable businesses. Shirley advocates for web3 as a mega trend and hopes to establish mainstream adoption of blockchain tetchnology and distributed systems as well as elevate understanding of sound tokenomics, through the Group and its businesses.
A champion for diversity and inclusion, Shirley is also the Financial Women's Association Singapore's pioneering batch of female champions. She invests in and is actively committed to helping younger female leaders and entrepreneurs as well as youth and NextGen initiatives, through performance coaching, leadership guidance, mentorship, and stretch project initiatives.
Outside of work , Shirley has an adorable little munchkin and a passion for cooking and wine appreciation.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Shirley spent a decade with Citibank and American Express. In her early adulthood, Shirley dedicated seven years to missionary work and counselling programmes, working with teenagers and young adults.
Shirley graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, majoring in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies.
“I’m very pro-next generation. In the work we do, the technology we try to create and the programmes we have it is always about creating better opportunities and better prospects for the future.”