Sei-Lai Khoo

World Trade Center

Providing a Lifeline

Yeng Leng Khoo was used to seeing his big sister Sei-Lai Khoo quoted in the press about hot public offerings and tech stocks. At 38, she co-managed some of the best-known mutual funds at Fred Alger Management and was often sought out for her views about market trends.

But for all her success, she always had time for family, friends and coworkers, they say. When Yeng Leng arrived in New York from Malaysia, where they grew up, to start college, she treated him to his first Broadway show. She also taught him survival skills such as which subways to take -- and how to use Zagat's to find the best dumplings in town.

"She always remembered what she ordered and what was good the last time we ate someplace," said her brother. He said she was also first to "fight for the bill."

Ms. Khoo provided the same lifeline to young colleagues, once professing shock that a subordinate of Vietnamese descent had never sampled Vietnamese cuisine. Off they went.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 28, 2001.

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