Tan Tock Seng (1798–1850) was a Singaporean merchant and philanthropist. Born in Malacca in 1798 to an immigrant Hokkien father and Peranakan mother, Tan Tock Seng rose from humble origins. In 1819, Tan moved to Singapore to sell fruit, vegetable and fowl. He worked diligently and was able to set up a shop in Boat Quay and became a notable businessman. He was famous for contributing money to build a hospital called "Tan Tock Seng Hospital" as he saw many poor and sick people.