He holds a degree in biochemistry and was trained to be a pharmacist, but Mr Nick Dimopoulos, 48, has left all that behind to pursue his interest in investing.
Born in Australia, he had badly wanted to run his own business and had gamely suggested it to his parents in his early 20s.
"My dad and mum urged me to get a university degree like most parents would, but halfway through my second degree, I had that inkling that I was meant to do something else," he recalls.
"My schoolmate's father had often mentioned that stocks and shares could become worthless if something were to go wrong, but if you invest in property and land, you'd still have that asset despite fluctuations in its value."
That insight stuck with Mr Dimopoulos, who made his first foray into property development at the age of 22 when he bought a plot of land in Sydney for about A$80,000.
He had sought the advice of close associates in their 40s and 60s who had extensive business experience to evaluate a deal's potential.
He realised he had the acumen to bring investors and partners together to exploit opportunities.
"I'd source for deals, carry out the due diligence, handle the paperwork for potential mergers and acquisitions or buy-ins, followed by restructuring the company if necessary," he says.
That led him to start Topshield International. The company, which was first incorporated in Hong Kong, moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2008.
The Singapore permanent resident has been based here since 1997 and travels often to Australia and China to scout for more investment and business opportunities.
He married Ms Masie Ng, who works in the public sector, in July this year.