Peter Lim's daughter a mini celeb in Spain

Peter Lim's daughter a mini celeb in Spain

Billionaire businessman Peter Lim made headlines when he confirmed a 420 million euro (S$671 million) takeover of Spanish football club Valencia last October.

But the 61-year-old Singaporean tycoon is not the only one who has received a rousing welcome in the city of Valencia.

His 23-year-old daughter, Miss Kim Lim, has also been getting significant attention from Spanish fans - both online and on the streets.

With her slim 1.7m frame, luscious locks and pretty face, Miss Lim has been nicknamed "Valencia's Singapore angel" by the fans.

A typical post on her Instagram account, which has more than 70,000 followers, garners over 3,000 likes and around 50 comments.

Those which relate to the football club receive even more comments, many written by Spanish fans remarking how beautiful she is. Others ask for her mobile number or even go to the extent of proposing marriage.

Online user Cutegoldenseal wrote: "Amazing, you are their angel and booster! Well done Valencia! Keep up the good job!" Another commenter Jdiegosmith wrote: "I love you, really do."

Miss Lim's father is the ninth richest person in Singapore according to a ranking by Forbes. The veteran investor has a net worth of $2.5 billion, and is now married to former television actress Cherie Lim.

A recent report in The Straits Times said his daughter lives with a nanny in an apartment in the Orchard Road area, while her 21-year- old brother is studying psychology in Australia.

Miss Lim, a former SIM University business management student, will finish her degree in marketing overseas.

HONOURED

Miss Lim, who was in Spain with her family and close friends last week to watch Valencia CF in action, told The New Paper in an e-mail interview last Friday: "I didn't expect it (being called an angel). I felt very honoured. I know it sounds a bit weird but that's how I really felt."

She added: "Actually, after I got to know more Valencians, I'm not so surprised any more. They are just so genuinely friendly and warm."

Miss Lim, who is single, said she has also been recognised by passers-by in Valencia, some of whom approached her for photos together.

"On the streets, there are people who recognise me and call out my Instagram nickname 'kimmylecute'. But I never feel that they are intruding (upon) my privacy," she said.

"If they do come up to me, it's just to ask if they can take a photo with me. Most times, they just smile if they recognise me."

Miss Lim's celebrity status in the city is evident as pictures of her are also plastered on several Spanish media websites such as Plaza Deportiva and Valencia El Desmarque.

One website called her "a great ambassador" and a "talisman", as the Spanish club seek to revive their fortunes.

Another website credited her for expanding the Valencia brand overseas, after Miss Lim was pictured with Big Bang star Seungri during the Valencia CF-Real Madrid match last week. 

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