Reuters Business Report - Southeast Asia. A tourist's paradise, and the battleground for two very rich families.
The prize? Fraser and Neave - a Singapore conglomerate with a presence in beverages, property, and publishing.
The multibillion dollar deal is set to be the region's biggest, and the winner is guaranteed a piece ofSoutheast Asia's ballooning consumer sector. So how do the two sides stack up?
Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is worth 6.2 billion dollars, according to Forbes, making him the third richest person in Thailand, while Riady family patriarch Mochtar Riady is worth an estimated 650 million dollars, among the top 40 richest Indonesians.
The son of a Bangkok street vendor - Charoen built his fortune in liquor, with assets that now include Chang beer.
He's also a property player with a portfolio that includes this luxury hotel.
One unsual asset: San Diego Hills, a complex near Jakarta that includes a cemetery, park and an Italian restaurant.
Both families are of Chinese descent.
He listed in Singapore instead.
In 2001 - the relationship between James Riady and Bill Clinton came into the spotlight.
James paid record fines and was barred from visiting the US after pleading guilty to making illegal contributions to the former President's campaign.
Both families with formidable resources, and regardless of the fate of F&N, likely to be at center stage as Southeast Asia becomes a bigger force in the deal making world.