Jamie Chua is a famous Singaporean socialite, model, social media personality, and entrepreneur. Jamie Chua gained immense fame during her divorce proceedings with her ex-husband, Nurdian Cuaca – a business tycoon.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Jamie Chua was born on 24 October 1973 and she is 47 years old as of 2021. She is a citizen of Singapore and has two younger siblings. Likewise, her father was a travel agent whereas her mother was a housewife. Her family struggled with their finances while she was growing up. Talking about her educational journey, she studied at CHIJ (Toa Payoh) and this opportunity came to her only much later. Her name is written in her native language as 蔡欣颖.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Jamie Chua is a socialite, online personality, as well as a model. Besides her own professional engagements, she gained more fame in the year 2011. This was due to her public and protracted divorce case with her then-husband, Nurdian Cuaca.
She is a famous socialite and she has attended numerous fashionable social gatherings. The list also includes the annual ICON Ball. In the year 2019, she received an award for being one of the best-dressed attendees at the event. The socialite is also a familiar face at international fashion conventions including the Paris Fashion Week.
Talking about her career in modeling, she started her journey in this field at the young age of 15 years old. This famous personality chose to model over other jobs as it was the best-paying part-time job she could get as a secondary school student.
To be a certified professional model, she had to attend classes at Mannequin Studio. This required payments that added up to about $800 Singapore dollars. Her parents initially disapproved as they saw it as a waste of money. However, her parents eventually lent her the required amount.
For the next two years, she spent most of her after-school time auditioning and modeling. They were for advertisements and photoshoots. Shee eventually made enough to pay her parents back as well as acquire her first designer item. It was a $2,000 Chanel bag.
At the young age of 17 years old, she then joined Singapore Airlines (SIA). She worked with SIA as an air stewardess. She worked with SIA for three years and ended her career here when she married Nurdian Cuaca.
Jamie Chua founded Luminous1 working alongside Sharon Tang in the year 2015. They created this company to provide high-quality beauty care products at affordable prices. This brand launched five products with price points ranging from $79 to $439. As of February 2020, the company’s official website is no longer accessible. The company’s social media pages are all inactive as well.
Similarly, she also co-founded “The Closet Raider” with Sharon Tang in the year 2014. The aim of this creation was to help people find new homes for their designer items. The company then created an accessible online platform to fulfill that goal. In spite of being a new entrant to the competitive market, her business rapidly gained popularity in Singapore. A month after setting up the business, the company earned over 13,000 followers on their Instagram page. However, as of January 2020, the company is struck off.
Furthermore, her love for Manolo Blahnik shoes inspired her to establish “Cloud 9 Lifestyle” in the year 2006. It was actually a subsidiary of D’League. Her then-husband Nurdian Cuaca actually owned a substantial portion of the company’s shares.
Likewise, she also opened her first retail shop in the year 2007. This was at the Hilton Hotel Shopping Gallery. This company became the first to sell Manolo Blahnik shoes in both Singapore and Southeast Asia. The success of the shop prompted her to open another outlet at Marina Bay Sands.
However, D’League decided to stop funding Cloud 9 Lifestyle. Due to the potential cash-flow problems for the firm, she filed for provisional liquidation in the year 2011. This resulted in shutting down both stores following the closure of the company.
Jamie Chua’s first husband was Nurdian Cuaca. Nurdian is an Indonesian business tycoon who later became a multi-millionaire. Her ex-husband has invested in various fields like automobiles, real estate, and casinos among others. She shares two children with Nurdian. Their first child is Calista born in the year 1998 and Cleveland born in 1995. The then lovers met each other in a flight when she worked as an air stewardess for Singapore Airlines (SIA). At present,she is married to Terence Koh.
Divorce with Nurdian Cuaca
Although her ex-husband, Nurdian, is a business tycoon at present, it was not the case when they got married. Her ex-husband was only an employee at a company. The couple struggled for ten years before Nurdian struck it rich. Then in February 2010, Jamie Chua filed for divorce. Back then, the couple had been married for over 15 years.
She cited ‘unreasonable behavior’ as the reason for their divorce. In response, Nurduan opposed her divorce grounds and countersued for divorce on his grounds. The divorce proceedings were thrust into the public spotlight. This was because she was asking for $450,000 Singapore dollars monthly alimony from her ex-husband.
During the divorce, her ex-husband had allegedly canceled her supplementary credit card. The business tycoon had also reduced her monthly maintenance fee. Her ex-husband also transferred $3.2 million over two days from a Singapore bank account to an Indonesian account.
As such, she applied to freeze her ex-husband’s $93 million worth of assets. She also applied for an interim maintenance order. However, her ex-husband alleged that the money belonged to his sister. But her lawyers argued that it was a calculated move to reduce the assets which would be divided upon their divorce.
As such, her application for the injunction was successful. The protracted dispute finally ceased on 15 November 2011. The freeze on Nurdian Cuaca’s assets was lifted as well. However, the final terms of the arrangement during their divorce were undisclosed. In a 2018 interview, she disclosed that she and her ex-husband are on amicable terms. However, the socialite also admitted that the divorce was one of the lowest points in her life.
Jamie Chua stands at a height of approximately 5 feet 6 inches and her weight is around 54 kgs. Likewise, she has a chest-waist-hip body measurement of around 34-27-35 inches respectively. Moreover, she has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about her social media presence, Jamie Chua is available on Instagram under the username @ec24m. As of April 2021, the socialite has earned over 1.2 million followers and shared exactly 6,982 posts while writing this biography. She reached 1.1 million followers as of February 2020 on her official Instagram account.
Besides Instagram, she is also available on Bilibili, a Chinese social media site. On this platform, she has earned over 158,000 fans. Similarly, the socialite has garnered over 243.8K followers and 2.2 million likes on her @iamjamiechua Tiktok account.
Likewise, she also created her “Jamie Chua” Youtube channel on March 10, 2015. As of April 2021, this channel has garnered over 44.48 million views and 500K subscribers. We can also contact her at [email protected] for business inquiries. Moving on, she has a net worth estimation of around $25 million.