Chotipong Leenutaphong

Walking away from the family’s successful automotive business to pursue his passion took guts. “My grandfather’s example of entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity and JeanPaul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness was the source of my willpower,” says Chotipong, founder of Bangkok’s popular Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant (no 17 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2016) and Il Fumo restaurant. Without prior experience in the industry his commitment to delivering the best food and the most innovative cocktails, though not without its own set of challenges, has paid off. His latest venture, recently opened pasta bar La Dotta, is pulling in the punters. Business couldn’t be better and to ensure he is giving back to society Chotipong works closely with online fundraiser, whereby a portion of the revenue from each of his outlets is donated to charity.

Definition of Success: Being able to work on any project that I feel passionate about and to receive praise from the people whom I value most.