Through hard work, and a strong sense of responsibility for his family, Vikrom Kromadit, the eldest of 22 children, owned his first business at age 8, and became one of Thailand’s richest men. He founded the Amata Corporation, Thailand's leading developer and manager of industrial estates, and heads the Amata Group with 15 subsidiary companies. The company designs and builds planned communities with schools, hospitals, industrial parks, recreation areas, and housing, employs over 200,000 people, and does business in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. Amata provides Ready-Built Factories, power, water, waste water treatment, broadband internet, vehicle leasing, housing, shopping malls, health clinics, schools, restaurants and more. These industrial estates function as complete towns, where people can work and live well. The largest estate, Amata Nakorn, Chonburi, encompasses 3,020 hectares (7,549 acres), and enables 514 manufacturing projects to operate within its boundaries.