Singaporean Sim Wong Hoo, who sued Apple over iPod patent infringement, dies aged 67

Sim Wong Hoo

Sim Wong Hoo, Singapore’s technology pioneer and Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology, passed away on Wednesday.

He was 67.

Wong Hoo founded Creative in 1981 and played a pivotal role in the company’s development.

Creative began with the vision that multimedia would revolutionize the way people interacted with their PCs. It is now famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards. It drives digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions, premium wireless speakers, high-performance headphone products and portable media devices.

Since the launch of Sound Blaster, Creative has leveraged its cutting-edge audio technology, massive user base of 400 million, and strong brand name to expand into the exciting Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) lifestyle market.

Today, Creative sells Sound BlasterAxx audio enhancement devices and solutions, the Creative D5xm Signature Series modular Bluetooth wireless speakers, Aurvana premium headsets, Sound Blaster wireless gaming headsets, and the cross-platform Sound Blaster Recon3D for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC or Mac.

Creative’s global headquarters are in Singapore and the company has business units in the US (Milpitas, California), Europe (Dublin, Ireland) and Asia (Singapore).

In 1992, Creative became the first Singaporean company to list shares on the Nasdaq. Two years later, the company listed its shares on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX). At the age of six, Wong Hoo became the city-state’s youngest billionaire.

In 2006, he sued Apple for patent infringement on the iPod. The US tech giant later settled the lawsuit by paying him $100 million and licensing his patent.

Following Wong Hoo’s passing, the Creative Technology Board of Directors appointed Song Siow Hui, President of Creative Labs Business Unit, as interim CEO.

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