The world's most populous Muslim nation could have its own version of President Donald Trump.
Indonesian billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, one of Trump's overseas business partners, who has been likened to the Republican in various ways, told CNBC on Thursday he may run for the top job in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
Founder and president of diversified conglomerate MNC Group, Tanoesoedibjo created his own political faction in 2015 — the United Indonesia Party, or Perindo — and said he may enter the 2018 presidential race if nobody else from his party was game.
"Let's see, if there is nobody else, I may consider," the 51-year-old magnate said on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Video Operators Summit (APOS) in Bali.
Perindo is focused on increasing the welfare of the poor and bridging the country's massive wealth gap, he explained.
"My interest in politics is to see Indonesia growing in the right direction, to see a developed Indonesia." He noted that incoming Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan personally promised him to focus on the poor.
Aside from being a billionaire involved in politics, Tanoesoedibjo, who was invited to Trump's inauguration, holds several links to the U.S. president.
MNC is Indonesia's largest media company, with television stations, pay-TV channels, a radio network and print publications under its belt, but it also operates ventures across a range of industries, including financial services and property.