"Being Chinese, I was teased a lot, but that made me determined to achieve my goals," the Guardian quotes Lascelles Chin as saying.
The 86-year-old founder of Jamaica's Lasco Group of Companies has died in the US, where he was receiving medical treatment, the company's managing director tells the Jamaica Observer.
Chin founded the company in 1988 with the goal of providing affordable food products to the island's poor, according to the Guardian.
"I've been in the non-profit sector since my early 20s could always count on the philanthropy," Chin told the Gleaner in 2014.
"I came from humble beginnings and even had to make my own toys as a child," the Guardian quotes Chin as saying.
"My teachers told me I was very mature for my age, so I studied very hard to be successful."
According to the Observer, many of Lasco's products are household names in Jamaica because of their affordable prices.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted that Chin was a "true Jamaican visionary & entrepreneur" who "transformed LASCO into a household name, while his philanthropy uplifted countless lives."
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