Who Is Kane Lim From Bling Empire And How Did He Get So Rich?

One glance at "Bling Empire" star Kane Lim's Instagram will confirm what you already knew about the burgeoning reality darling: he is super, super rich. "Bling Empire", Netflix's new reality show version of "Crazy Rich Asians," follows the lives of six of Beverly Hills' most absurdly wealthy residents, including Kane.

Though Kane doesn't exactly come from humble origins — he is reportedly the heir of a Singaporean billionaire, per the Daily Mail — over the years he's proven himself a capable, hardworking, and extremely successful businessman. "[I] started investing at the age of 17. Took a small loan from my father and paid him back in two months and by the age of 18-19, I made a sum of more of around seven figures. Invested in fashion and with the money I used it to invest in stocks," Kane told VoyageLA in an interview.

Kane also told the outlet that unlike many of the other wealthy kids in Singapore growing up, his father — who made his fortune in oil, shipping, tanking, and real estate, per the Daily Mail  didn't pamper him with luxuries like private chauffeurs to drive him to school. So what is his story?

Kane Lim was an influencer before Bling Empire

Though he could probably retire tomorrow and live comfortably for the next 100 years, Kane Lim has not stopped working. In fact, according to his Instagram bio, he's busier than most, describing himself as a real estate developer, investor, and philanthropist, as well as a new reality TV star.

Kane is the founder and president of Kix Capital, "an international holding company with a portfolio of investments in real estate, biomedicine and renewable energy," according to the official website for his real estate company Padme. The short bio also notes that Kane is a "luxury tastemaker," who made his mark as an influencer on Instagram long before his Netflix fame, counting none other than Rihanna as one of his followers (NBD).

The entrepreneur is clearly passionate about fashion, and his extremely aspirational Instagram features a dizzying collection of Cartier, Piaget, and Louis Vuitton, plus a shoe collection allegedly worth more than $365,000, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite the impressive hustle and expensive taste, Kane appears to have a pretty laid back attitude when it comes to drama. In the show's official trailer, he offers some wise advice: "Just go shopping."

Could Kane Lim appear on Selling Sunset?

Fans of Kane Lim on "Bling Empire" may or may not already be aware that the young entrepreneur is also connected to another Netflix reality series: "Selling Sunset." Lim is currently listed as a "Realtor Associate" on the website for the Oppenheim Group, the real estate agency featured on that show. According to his Oppenheim bio, "As an experienced Real Estate Developer and agent, Kane has most recently developed and sold three properties in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach. He has recently focused his attention on Residential projects and Commercial properties in Asia."

While it doesn't look like Lim will be switching shows quite yet, a crossover is definitely not off the table. "Chrishell and I have worked together so we'll see," Lim told E! News in an interview. "I love real estate but it's so fun being on 'Bling Empire' that I don't know if I could leave [it]. It's something that we all started together and it's been such a great relationship," That said, the reality star also added, "But if I have to jump on 'Selling Sunset,' why not. I'd love that."

Kane Lim's family may be involved in a lawsuit

While having unlimited funds, a fulfilling career, and starring in a popular reality show may sound like the perfect life, Kane Lim has also been going through his share of problems. On the show, Lim has referenced some lawsuits having to do with his family back in Singapore, and it sounds like they could be serious. According to Bloomberg, HSBC bank has sued a Singapore oil tycoon — who may be Lim's uncle — for $85.3 million, alleging that the tycoon forged documents to get loans from HSBC. These claims have been denied.

Fortunately, according to The Tab, Lim's immediate family is not directly involved with the lawsuits. Apparently, Lim's parents left this particular family business many years ago. It's not the sort of family drama that most non-millionaires can relate to, but we have to assume it must be painful for the family in California. "It's tough because I'm sad for what's happened," Lim said on the show (via The Tab). "I can't do anything about it. I don't want to talk about it anymore. I just want to close the chapter and leave it alone."