Old enough to have the luxury of experience, young still to embody vim and vigour, 30 is a sweet age, as The Peak amply demonstrated when it celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala ball at Shangri-la Hotel on July 10.

At the heart of the event, last held five years ago, was the launch of the luxury lifestyle magazine’s coffee-table book, 30/30: The Game Changers, which pays tribute to 30 men and women in Singapore who have made a difference in their respective fields.

The identities of the personalities were kept strictly confidential until that evening, when, over dinner and before some 500 VIP guests, they were invited to the stage to receive the book and a bottle of champagne.

Among those lauded are captains of industry Ron Sim, Sam Goi and Jim Rogers; tastemakers Andre Chiang and Anastasia Ling; and social leaders Laurence Lien and Christopher Wilson.

Despite the number of guests, the atmosphere was one of old friends meeting one another, one of the advantages surely of belonging to the community of business elites that form The Peak readership. Many stayed long after dinner was over, catching up with their peers over cocktails from the Royal Salute bar.

The Peak team caught up with several of the personalities to get their insights into what it means to be successful.

“One should not put a ceiling to a dream; you must be constantly redefining your next dream.” - Ron Sim
“One should not put a ceiling to a dream; you must be constantly redefining your next dream.” – Ron Sim
“We all want the best for our children but we also need to show them that they are very fortunate to have a good start in life, which millions of children don’t have.” - Christopher Wilson
“We all want the best for our children but we also need to show them that they are very fortunate to have a good start in life, which millions of children don’t have.” – Christopher Wilson
“Three things I always abide by: honesty, integrity and being genuine. If you cannot do this, there is no way anyone will reciprocate with sincerity of their own.” - Anastasia Ling
“Three things I always abide by: honesty, integrity and being genuine. If you cannot do this, there is no way anyone will reciprocate with sincerity of their own.” – Anastasia Ling
"Being socially responsible and environmentally friendly are no longer buzzwords. They are a way of life. All of us need to be more conscientious." - G.S. Sareen
“Being socially responsible and environmentally friendly are no longer buzzwords. They are a way of life. All of us need to be more conscientious.” – G.S. Sareen
“My greatest motivation is human beings. People want peace and love and, as architects, we create the space for them to forge these memories of peace and love.” - Richard Ho
“My greatest motivation is human beings. People want peace and love and, as architects, we create the space for them to forge these memories of peace and love.” – Richard Ho
“You must have confidence in yourself and you have to be grateful. One cannot take things for granted.” - Sam Goi
“You must have confidence in yourself and you have to be grateful. One cannot take things for granted.” – Sam Goi