The business is managed under Singaporean-listed company Japfa Ltd. Not surprisingly, Eka is well-connected, not least by marriage. His Bayan Resources has long-term contracts with national and international buyers that have softened the fall in coal prices. Partnering with Edi Sikamto Josana, Istana has expanded into various commercial, residential, hotel and resort properties and industrial estates. He spent a couple of years working for Merrill Lynch in Singapore before returning home. Most recently, a team from his Sukma Foundation was apparently involved in negotiations to help free Indonesian seamen held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the southern Philippines.